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This is also a male name. It is a character from the Dragonlance books. It is an abbreviated version of Tanthalases Half-Elven.
-- kentan  3/12/2005
It's not Tanthalases! It's Tanthalas. Well, in books one through three it's Tanthalas, but in book six, when the name re-emerges, it mysteriously becomes "Tanthalasa" with an "a" at the end.
-- Arowen Half-Elven  10/18/2005
Tanis is a universal name; it can be used for both men and women, although I think it has a more masculine sound to it.
-- Arowen Half-Elven  12/6/2005
Tanis is a girl's name, however I do agree it does sound slightly masculine. The worst thing about being called Tanis myself is how many people cannot pronounce it.
-- bambam  12/16/2005
My son is named Tanis after the Dragonlance character, although I have seen it with the same spelling used by females from Russia. Although there was also a boy born at the same hospital in rural Wisconsin that my son was born at named "Tannis" a few weeks earlier. Which is how my sons is commonly misspelled.
-- mannone  12/24/2005
I have read that the name "Tanith" from which Tanis is formed means "an estate".
-- Arowen Half-Elven  12/24/2005
The use of Tanis as a male name in English seems to be much more recent than its use as a female name. One of the first uses of it for a female character was in American author Amelie Rives's 1893 novel "Tanis the Sang-digger". Sinclair Lewis's famous 1922 novel "Babbitt" features a female character named Tanis Judique.
-- clevelandkentevans  1/14/2008
I named my daughter Tanis, because in the First Nations language of Cree, Tanis means Daughter, and it's a beautiful name for a first born girl.
-- deeoohgee  1/18/2008
Spelled with two n's, Tannis root was a fictional root that was given to Rosemary in the book Rosemary's Baby. It was, supposedly related to Cannabis.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2008
I've only ever heard the name Tanis in the Dragonlance books. I didn't really realize it was an actual name until I looked it up here. I like the sound of it, and I think it definitely suits both boys and girls.
-- Daroga  9/30/2008
My name is Tanis, which means daughter in Cree. I am originally from Saskatchan, Canada, where there is a large population of Plains Cree people. I have been told that Danis is another variation (dialect) of my name. I have met a handful of other Tanis' in my life and they have all been girls from western Canada. It wasn't until I moved to eastern Canada that I met a boy named Tanis.
-- TanisN  7/21/2014
This is my son's nickname, short for "Tanthalas", a character from Dragonlance, an RPG/Book series published by Wizards of the Coast (formerly TSR). While I realize that this particular page is in reference to the name, rather than the nickname, I see that some of you use it as your or your child's actual name, so I thought I would shed some light as to the actual meaning for those of you that are familiar with it from the Dragonlance "world". Tanthalas was a Half-Elf, and was often referred to as "Tanis Half-Elven" by his friends and comrades. His mother was an elf that was raped by a human, and as such, his name actually has two translations. The elvish translation is "Everstrong", while the Common (human) translation means "Destined to rule". Though his conceiving was brought about by a tragic event (his mother eventually went insane due to the mistreatment she had endured, and died, and left him as an orphan), he went on to become one of the greatest Heroes of Krynn (the world in which Dragonlance takes place). His struggle to come to terms with both sides of his heritage, in my opinion, is what makes him my favorite character in the stories. He was thrust into leadership by his friends, as everyone in the party looked up to and respected him, although he felt he was undeserving of the position. As he fought within himself to find his moral compass, to accept loyalty and the realization of true love, he emerged as a person that I hope my son will come to be, someday. Someone who is humble enough to accept doubt and mistrust, wise enough to know what is the right thing to do, and who is strong enough in heart and spirit to accept the events of life that make him who he is. To me, that is the definition of "Everstrong" and "Destined to rule"; the meaning behind the name, and why I chose it for my son!
-- ChtrsSuck  11/28/2015
Although I've never read the Dragonlance series mentioned, I do know that my family was going to name me Tanis if I was born a girl. However, they knew of the name because it was once a city in Egypt - and my parents both loved the country and it's mythology. The city is now in ruin, and was commonly believed to be the location of the Hebrew story of Moses’ being found in the marshes of the Nile River as told in Exodus 2:3-5. Tanis was also where the Decree of Canopus was discovered, something very similar to the Rosetta Stone, which helped decipher hieroglyphics.

Ultimately, I've always felt very close to this name, even though I never held it. I use the masculine spelling: Tannis, in some of my writing as my nom de plume. I also intend to use it for my children, as either a middle name or forename. It has a very strong history, that I think would be an honour to have.
-- Hagano  2/3/2016

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