Gender Feminine
Usage French
Pronounced Pron. /  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain, possibly a derivative of Anne 1 or Agnès. It was used in Jean-Henri Guy's opera Anacréon chez Polycrate (1798), where it is borne by the daughter (otherwise unnamed in history) of the 6th-century BC tyrant Polycrates of Samos. Guy could have adapted it from a classical name such as Anaitis or Athénaïs.

A famous bearer was the Cuban-French writer Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), known for her diaries.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesAnaís(Catalan) Anaís(Spanish)
Same SpellingAnaís
User SubmissionAnais


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Entry updated April 23, 2024