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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

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