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The "ai" part is pronounced EE, and it makes me cringe.
Phoenix Gemstone  2/12/2019
My name is Anasii. I don't know how it relates, but it sounds similar.
xxxaxxx  2/16/2018
My name is Anai after my mother's favorite perfume Anaïs Anaïs. She dropped the S because she wanted my middle name to be Stefani so I am Anai Stefani. I will honestly say, I did not grow to love my name until adulthood. Growing up with the name Anai was frustrating and embarrassing at times as a child. I did not stand up for myself and correct people. I grew up in Virginia, United States, and was content when my American peers and teachers pronounced my name An-Eye.

Several times, I thought about going by a nickname to make every day introductions easier. It is still difficult and embarrassing at times, especially in the work force with my American English-only speaking co workers because it takes several weeks and several corrections, and at the end, I settle for their pronunciation of Anna-ee with a hard break in between.

However, not a single day, no lie, goes by that I do not get a compliment on my name. I often get told that it is beautiful or unique, and is a great ice-breaker. I have learned to love my name, especially when it goes pronounced correctly. I feel good every day when a stranger calls my name beautiful. All of my Peruvian relatives and anyone from Central or South America have no problem pronouncing it, since the name Anahi is common and the name of a famous Mexican singer, and I've also heard Anai as a nickname for Ana Isabella.
anaimo  12/5/2017
I know this name from a character on The Amazing World of Gumball and it is such a beautiful name. However, I would spell it Anaïse.
chockyboo  3/8/2017
This name is related to, yet so different from the overly popular Anna or Hannah, yet it sounds so exotic. It is definitely one of my favorite names.
ERK  11/23/2016
The name Anais was given to 255 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
My name is Anaïs! I absolutely love my name but it has been hard growing up with quite an unusual name, I must say!

When I was younger I never really cared or knew about the way it was spelt but when I reached secondary school (high school) that's when I became self-conscience of it; because I met a lot of ignorant people along the way - pronouncing it wrong on purpose. At first I didn't know how to deal with it and even contemplated changing my name legally - but since then and because of that I grew thicker skin and learned to appreciate my name a lot more! It makes me feel more special because my name is unique and one of a kind.

If you're thinking of naming your child Anaïs, teach her to appreciate its uniqueness and how much more special it makes her!

All in all it's a precious name!
― Anonymous User  4/20/2016
Anais is a derivative of An'na from Hebrew meaning: "Favor; Grace". I had thought of the perfume and a combination of the end of my first name with my wife's middle name "Ann" when trying to decide our first daughter's name. Then I found the name in a name book and noticed its Hebrew origin and meaning: "one of grace". I was sold - I thought it was easy to spell, familiar, though uncommon, but still romantic and unique (in Spanish, Anaís). To my surprise, most people in the US struggle with the correct pronunciation. Yet, I find pleasure in the fact that no other people do. Later, I found joy in hearing the correct pronunciation of my daughter's name in the movie "Hotel Rwanda" - she was one of the lost nieces Don Cheadle's character searched for until reuniting with them at the end - true story!
LCatala  11/21/2014
Anais Watterson is a character in The Amazing World of Gumball.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2014
My middle name is Anais. I love it. I was named after the perfume "Anais Anais." I've always pronounced it, Ah-nay but I really like the pronunciation, Ah-nah-iss. The spirit of the name Anais reminds me of something very feminine and beautiful like a ballerina. If you are thinking about naming your daughter Anais, you should. It has been a great middle name for me! -Brittney Anais.
brittmitchell  7/29/2014
I am 30 years old and have the pleasure of also being named Anais.
While I must admit that it was nearly impossible for others to pronounce my name as a child, I absolutely LOVE my name today.
It's original. It's feminine. And it embodies strength.

While the name is growing in popularity, I do love that not too many ladies in my age group have the name-Anais.
anaisfowler  7/24/2014
I was named Anais, after the perfume. I can honestly tell you I love my name and very proud of it. It was difficult growing up with this name however, the pronunciation can be different for many. But that never stopped me from sitting down with my teachers and helping them say it, because I refused to have a nickname like Ana or Annie. And it worked. Anais is a strong name and everywhere you hear it love is attached it. That's what I've come to notice. I researched my name numerous times growing up and this is the first time I have come across so much information on this name. I'm glad to see it's becoming common, sort of. Or more appreciated at least. Hopefully one day I wont get so many odd looks when I say my name. - Stay classy my friends.
anaisesquivel  5/30/2014
The name Anais was given to 207 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
Actually, I have heard it pronounced more like ah-nay or Anna. I agree with the poster who said they prefer that pronunciation. I think if you want it to be said like that, you would spell it Anais, without the dots over the i.
― Anonymous User  6/18/2013
I wouldn't name my kid this, but it's still elegant, beautiful, and delicate. Anais sounds like a name for a beautiful and exotic woman. I can picture an Anais having her name mispronounced often, though. Maybe it's best as a middle name.
avengingangelx3  6/10/2013
Anais Marie Lee (born 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American child actress. She has a twin sister named Mirabelle Beatrice Lee.
― Anonymous User  8/11/2012
I used to think it was pronounced A-nay. Quite upset with the proper pronunciation, but if I had a child called Anais, I'd pronounce it A-nay.
name_obsession  4/22/2011
I like to pronounce it "Ah-NIE-uh" it sounds so exotic. Like the courageous warrior princess you'd see in a book or in a movie...
writer371  4/11/2011
This name is so gorgeous I even don't know how to express my delight and admiration!
― Anonymous User  12/10/2009
The little sister of my best friend is named Anais. I think it is unique and I especially love the two dots on the "i".
Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
Nobody knows how to pronounce it in the US. Unfortunately, it sort of reminds me of "anus," though it is a very pretty name.
― Anonymous User  6/16/2009
I heard it for the first time when my mother had this perfume called "Anais-Anais" by Cacharel. I hated the perfume a lot (I was 10), but the name was so beautiful. I thought of a girl named "Anais" as a very feminine, playful and very chic but still classy, romantic and had a flair for classic florals.

Nine years later, I still think it's a beautiful name, and the perfume is still not my cup of tea, but "Promesse" by Cacharel is my favorite perfume.
pusherwoman  5/24/2009
Anais, or Anaïs (ah-nah-iss), is a female given name derived from the Persian goddess of love, Anaitis.
adelina  4/5/2009
It is derived from the Persian goddess of love, Anaitis.
Pyxxis  12/4/2008
When I first saw this name, I thought it was pronounced "an ass."
GunsnRoses8794  11/24/2008
I like this name, but not enough for me to use it myself because nobody will pronounce this name correctly.
bananarama  9/18/2008
It's a gorgeous name! Sweet and delicate, you can also spell it: ANNAIS. To avoid mispronunciations.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2008
It's a beautiful name, ultra feminine and exotic. Anais has an etheral ring to it, I also love how it's short and simple, yet so classy and elegant. I'm glad it's not overly used, that keeps it special!
― Anonymous User  9/2/2008
Actors Gabriel Macht and Jacinda Barrett have a daughter Anais Geraldine Macht, born on 17th August 2007 in L.A.
Emilie007  5/28/2008
I would never name a child this. It looks too much like the word anus.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2007
Anaïs Lameche was a member of the Swedish pop group PLAY.
ShizukoChan  7/27/2007
I adore this name! I will definitely call my daughter this.
annavedette  3/15/2007
I like the name, always had. Always pronounced it differently. A-nice/uh-nice. However I think it could be tricky since it has the two dots on the i, it would be hard in school. It's pretty though.
roxhai  3/6/2007
This is a gorgeous name, though the pronunciation may be difficult for some.
celestial  1/10/2007
I love the name Anais! It's beautiful! So bright, and intelligent. This is a name more parents should consider. It's almost a shame that more parents haven't named their kids this, but if it was popular I wouldn't want to use it! So parents, feel free to use this name, but don't overuse it please!
― Anonymous User  12/30/2006
Anais is also Hebrew for "graceful", Latin for "God's grace", French for Anna, meaning "favor" or "grace".
Lilac Harlequin  10/10/2006
This is an absolutely gorgeous name. It was my French name in French class two years ago. My teacher then pronounced the s. It had a light and delicate sound ("ah-nah-ees".) But then I got a new teacher, who didn't pronounce the s at the end, so she made me change it to Anaïse, and pronounced it as "ahn-ah-eez."
Still, either way, a pretty name.
ragexprincess  9/2/2006
Lovely! The sound, spelling, it's all nice.
Maree  6/18/2006
An amazing, awesome singer called Anais Mitchell was born in Vermont and won the Kerrville folk festival in Texas. I really, really, really recommend her!
nelirosala  6/13/2006
It's my sister's name and yes, the S must be pronounced in French. Also, a famous perfume from Cacharel is named 'Anaïs Anaïs'.
lena88  5/30/2006
A famous bearer of this name was the French-born American authoress, Anaïs Nin (1903-1977).
Braveheart  5/19/2006
According to the Wikipedia site for the Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), the pronunciation is "ana-EESE" [ana'i:s].
Braveheart  5/19/2006
Anaïs is very beautiful. It's a shame that it isn't a more cosmopolitan name that people in lots of different countries could use.
hana  2/28/2006
I love the name Anaïs! I think that it would be very pretty for a girl here, but unfortunately, Americans don't normally use the accent tréma.
Riley115  12/29/2005

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