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It's the name of fantasy author Tanith Lee.
Jenna R  1/29/2006
A famous bearer is champion ice dancer Tanith Belbin.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2006
In Spanish it's written Tanit. In the Phoenician times in the island of Ibiza (were I live), the goddess Tanit was the patron saint of the island. Just a little bit of history there. :)
6diablesse6  12/25/2006
This is my older sister's name and I really love it. But some persons do have a bit of problems to pronounce it the right way!
libelula  1/9/2008
I love this name so much! I hope to name one of my future daughters this--I love the way it sounds, and how it rolls off your tongue.
_clippit_  1/27/2008
I find this a very interesting and original name, without being pretentious or ridiculous. It is one of the few names that actually get the balance right, I think. I'm not too keen on the meaning 'serpent lady', though. I like snakes, but I wouldn't want to be named after one.
Saffine Grace  12/2/2008
Cool name, but I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce it.
survivor_fan  12/13/2008
Love this name! Not too bizarre but still original, great meaning and sounds great!
Kerules  4/1/2009
Wonderfully mystical name! :)
walesgal92  10/18/2009
There is a book called Wolf-Woman by Sherryl Jordan and the main character's name is Tanith. She was raised by wolves, hence the title of the book.
VioletViolence  11/24/2010
In ancient egalitarian cultures, feminine energy was revered and the serpent represented the life force.
I am not sure how the name sounds, but I love the meaning.
MiryamChannah  12/31/2011
I like this name but I would never use it on a child or pet because I hate snakes!
Zinha  2/6/2014
Tanith Lee (1947-2015), British author.
Mhari  3/25/2016
This is quite a cool sounding name. It's one of those mythological names that could easily work for a real person, and "Tani" could be a cute nickname. I also love the meaning, because I love snakes.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/31/2016
In my time having it as my first name, I have found a keen interest in it. True it comes from the deity Tanit (5th Century BC) who was a sky goddess and there is still a temple foundation to her in Tunisia today. Her consort was Ba'al-Hammon, the God of the Sky her accomplice who is now often linked to darker magics. She has the symbol of Tanit shown as a woman stick figure with upturned arms she is associated with the moon, stars, fertility and yes, I have heard serpents as a symbol. The Palm Tree is also connected as a kind of desert version of the tree of life (links to the fertility to produce life in a barren landscape) and her connection to a mother earth figure leads to the symbol of the snake. Also associated with Ashtart (Astarte) and Athirat her symbols include doves, grapes, pomegranate, crescent moon and in along with Ashtart the Lion. She was assimilated into the cultures of the roman invaders, her deity was borg style mutated and hence the success of the Romans as they pulled in the religions of the cultures they trampled all over. She is then associated with Juno and given the title Dea Caelestis, "the Heavenly Goddess", or Virgo Caelestis, "the Heavenly Virgin". Other things I read were that they found a lot of child bones in an area of her temple ruins. Now the academics of the world are thankfully split on the meaning but I know what side I am on. One half believe that the Carthaginians sacrificed the young to their lady and god but another group said that there are no child burials only the older were buried in graves and I think due to high child mortality rates that they took the young who died to her for her to take care of in the afterlife, a kind of heavenly stepmom. Her legacy was spread through the soldiers who then traveled the world and she reached the culture of Spain, Malta and Sardinia as the symbol of hers is on the temple of the acropolis in Selinus in Sicily and although I haven't seen the pictures, a shrine in Rome on the north side of the Capitoline Hill. She is also linked/associated with Aphrodite, Demeter, and Artemis by the Greeks. The Romans also linked Her with the Magna Mater, the Great Mother, Rhea or Kybele. (which I found even more amazing because for no reason they know of my parents don't know how they came up with the name 2 days before, but my middle name is Rea which is just another way to spell Rhea. Both my parents were Leo starsigns, the Lions) Rhea (just for fun) was the mother of the gods of Olympus and bore Hestia, Hades, Demeter, Poseidon, Hera, and Zeus and in that order her hubby swallowed them fearing a prophecy that he would be dethroned by one of his kids. Rhea saved and hid Zeus with the help of her own mother Gaia who was able to later return to face Cronos and have him basically barf his siblings back up. She herself had no real following and her depictions are 4th century BC but interestingly there are two lions pulling her chariot, or she is flanked by two lions. Check out the Lion Gate of the Mycenae acropolis.
tanithrea  7/2/2016
Additionally, the snake link. I have seen the symbol of the snake in connection with her actually depicted like the symbol we recognize for medicine, the caduceus. The palm tree of life or sometimes a staff and two intertwining snakes. (adding yet more weirdness to my connection that both parents were 'lions' or Leo signs but one was an ambulance driver, the other a nurse) Simply google the symbol of Tanit and you will see her signs and where you can see them around the world. Haven't found any museums in the UK or nearby with anything yet.
tanithrea  7/2/2016
My name is Tanif. It was supposed to be Tanith but my mum felt that as my middle name is Catherine it was a bit of a mouthful, so she changed the 'th' to an 'f'. I've been told that I was named after an ancient moon goddess or that the name is pagan in origin. I've since found out that the name comes from 'Tanit'. I have really loved having an unusual name even though many people get it wrong all the time! I sometimes wish that I had been christened the correct name 'Tanith' as now that I'm married to an Asian man, many people get very confused when I turn up as a blonde woman. Actually, it can be very funny.
Many people consider the name to be Welsh, and indeed I am half Welsh.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2017
I like this name. I really do, but I think it's one of the few girl names out there that save the meaning, could fit a boy no problem. I'm one of those people that's fine with gender-neutral names, and even irrelevant meanings, so, while I'm aware of how people respond to that kind of thing it seems like a rare enough name. Maria was unisex, and Allison is now, and I'm going to name a character Tanith!
Queen-of-Pens  10/16/2017

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