Gender Feminine
Scripts آناهیتا(Persian) 𐎠𐎴𐏃𐎡𐎫(Old Persian)
Pronounced Pron. aw-naw-hee-TAW(Persian)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Means "immaculate, undefiled" in Old Persian, from the Old Iranian prefix *an- "not" combined with *āhita "unclean, dirty". This was the name of an Iranian goddess of fertility and water. In the Zoroastrian religious texts the Avesta she is called 𐬀𐬭𐬆𐬛𐬎𐬎𐬍 (Arəduuī) in Avestan, with 𐬀𐬥𐬁𐬵𐬌𐬙𐬀 (anāhita) appearing only as a descriptive epithet [1]. In origin she is possibly identical to the Indian goddess Saraswati. She has historically been identified with the Semitic goddess Ishtar and the Greek goddess Artemis.

Related Names

VariantsNaheed, Nahid(Persian) Anahid, Anaitis, Nahid(Persian Mythology)
Other Languages & CulturesAnahid, Anahit(Armenian) Anahit(Armenian Mythology)

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Entry updated December 7, 2022