Beautiful, beautiful name!
― Anonymous User  1/9/2020
I'm 60 years old and I had never heard this name until I met a Brazilian woman yesterday who has a daughter with this name. It's not as rare as I would have thought. I figured even in Brazil it had to be uncommon. The popularity of a one-syllable female name among speakers of an Iberian language surprises me.

I don't care for the sound, I must admit. Sounds abrupt and not very feminine to me.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2019
What is this?
― Anonymous User  7/27/2019
The meaning is quite funny.
kayisforkeen  10/29/2018
I adore my name, Thais. I am American where the name is not very popular and often butchered. I had the opportunity to live in Germany and during my travels throughout Europe, I was shocked by hearing my name properly pronounced by strangers; it was music to my ears! I thank my parents for choosing such a beautiful and unique name that very often has served as a conversation starter, leaving most people intrigued about the historical figure, Thais.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2017
One of my neighbors has this name but she spells it Taiss. I think that looks super awesome. I've known one other Thais, but not very well. She was a model.
dancingbear  1/3/2017
The lovely Thais by his side seated like an Eastern bride full of joy and beauty's pride.

I named my daughter Tayis (Easy for English speakers, pronounced TAY-is, short s not a z sound) and she likes it very much. I found it in the an unusual baby names book in the Greek section (Thais) with this little poem above. It said it meant "ruler" or "blossoming full of joy." It's so unique here where other African American's are named Taya or Tiya, Tiara, Tyra.
erickamcl  9/17/2016
My name is Thayis pronounced Thay-is. I was named after my mother, Thayis Estella, who was named after her mother's sister, Estella Thayis. I was always told the name was a famous opera... this website was very interesting and informative. I have a niece whose name is Devon Maureen Thayis. Personally I love the name and meaning. It sure gets you a lot of attention! We all are beautiful also.
Thayismay1  8/31/2016
I also am named Thais. I was named by my grandmother. It's very exciting to see others with this name. Growing up it was not so common.
Thais Merced  6/28/2016
Another literature inspired by Thais:
Thais of Athens (Russian: Таис Афинская) is a historical novel by Ivan Efremov written in 1972. It tells the story of the famous hetaera Thaïs, who was one of Alexander the Great's contemporaries and companions on his conquest of the oikoumene or the known world. The book combines the life of the historical and a fictional Tais.

It follows such actual events as the burning of Persepolis by Tais and her becoming Ptolemy's Egyptian queen, but also speculates on a love affair with Alexander and Tais's initiation in some of the obscure religions of the ancient world. In the novel, the very young (only 17 years old) and already famous Athenian hetaera Tais meets the exiled heir to the Macedonian throne and his childhood friends Hephaestion, Nearchus and Ptolemy. She then travels to Sparta and Crete with the Macedonians, visits Egypt and Mesopotamia, where she becomes an initiate in the temple of Ashtoreth (Astarte) and eventually follows Alexander to Persepolis, which she requests be set on fire. After Alexander's death, Tais marries Ptolemy and becomes the queen of Memphis.

Her travels are an interesting and entertaining look into the lives and customs of people in Hellenistic times, as well as an excellent source of basic information on the geography and history of the age, and Alexander the Great.
thais_  3/5/2016
My name is Thaís as well. And yes, in Brazil, or maybe in Sao Paulo, Thais is a common name.
The pronounce in Greek (Θαις) I'm not sure, but maybe using the pronounce voice of Google Translator it is possible to see how it sounds. I think is like in French or Portuguese. Thaïs or Thaís, with a silent H and a tonic in Is. Like Anaïs, which I like a lot as well.
In Spain, Germany or Italy people use the tonic in the first syllable, so it sounds like Táaaaa is... I don't know how to write it in English but it's funny. And in Italy they always think it's a male name. I also was misunderstood with Tai food... well, anyway, I like this name, and all the Thais's that I met have had some interesting thing, they have a strong personality, they invent themselves... maybe like the Thais's from Egypt, from Alexander the great. That Thais was the great dancer and she also contradicts herself becoming a "saint", like in the Opera of Massenet and the roman by Anatole France...
thais_  3/4/2016
I am also a Thais (I pronounce it like days but with a T instead of a D - Tays). Funnily enough although I love my name now, as a child I got all sorts of stick for it as a child, glad to have it now though as it's unique like me. We've got a nice mix of names between me and my sisters; Harriet, Erin, Freya and obviously my own - Thais and mine has truly been the one to get all the compliments. It's always nice to learn something new and I came on here to solve an argument with the other half about who St. Thais was and learned more about myself then I thought I would :)
Crazythaisy  1/30/2016
Hey guys, my name is Thais and I want to share with you what I know about this name. I am from Brazil and I don't know why but this name is very popular in my country. I am living in the UK right now and I can see how difficult is for people here to pronounce my name correctly. Thais is pronounced Ta (the 'a' sounds like in the word 'dark') and the second syllable sounds like 'ees', so it sounds more or less like Ta-ees (the second syllable is the stressed one). My parents always told me that my name means "the one who is contemplated with admiration" or "who is contemplated by its beauty" and all the sources I've searched in Portuguese say the same (websites, books...). Here is the explanation from one of the websites in Portuguese which I've translated to English:
"The name Thais comes from the ancient Greek, meaning "contemplated with awe" or "contemplated by its beauty." The Greek name Thais was translated into Latin in the form of Vita Thaisis. The name became popular through the French variant Taïs, from the novel with the same name by the French writer Anatole France, based on the life of a beautiful courtesan who lived in Egypt. The figure of the beautiful courtesan Egyptian turned into Santa Taís (or Santa Thais), after she’s converted to Christianity because of her faith in the words of Jesus Christ." source from
thaisisaia  11/7/2015
This is my name, and not many people have it and I find that really sad! It's a beautiful name.
dzhokhar  5/31/2015
If you haven't heard Thais, check out this piece played by Perlman. It's a fascinating love piece. My next baby will be Thais- no doubt ;)
valentina24  4/30/2015
Thaís was a gorgeous, ingenuous, witty young woman who was romantically involved with Alexander The Great. When she was born she was so beautiful that in ancient Greek culture, they began to refer to all beautiful women as "a Thaís".
Years later, the famous opera Thais was written. There's one particular piece in that opera that became very well known. It's called "Meditation by Thais". It's probably the most beautiful piece ever written.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2015
I have two girls: Thais (5 years old) and Maya (4 years old). I love both names but I have to say Thais takes all the compliments. People love it! We do pronounce it with the accent mark on the "i".
― Anonymous User  4/29/2015
My name is Thais and my family pronounces it differently than everyone else on here... we say Th (the TH sound you make when you say think) then ay-is; Th-ay-is.
― Anonymous User  4/23/2015
My name is Thais and I love it. The name is pronounced TAI-EESE. The H is silent! I am proud there is a beautiful Opera by Massenet centered around Thais... a woman who was a courtesan and went on to became a saint! From that Opera, one of the most beautiful songs I ever heard is "Meditation from Thais" if you haven't heard it, you should. I saw many different meanings for the name, like the bond, love, beloved, and my favorite beloved helper of God... people mispronounce the name often, especially in the US but in Brazil or Europe where the name is more popular, it's fine. I'm glad my parents game me this name most of all because it's different and dramatic, and it's fitting with my personality :)
thata82  7/4/2014
When I first heard of it, I had thought that it was pronounced Tace, as in rhyming with "Ace" and I think I prefer it than Tah-ees, which is difficult to say in English, though I do like Tay-iss as an alternative or Tai-eese as thata82 said just above.
Crimson Firelily  11/11/2014
Thais is very common in Brazil as well. We spell it Thaís - with an accent. Taís is the traditional Portuguese spelling, which is used too.
Buneary  1/2/2013
The French form is Thaïs. It has been quite popular in the last few years.
overtheclouds  10/30/2012
Pronounced like the word thighs.
Sophia0172  12/21/2011
I would pronounce it TY-iss. And that's my favorite pronunciation. Tah-EES is a little awkward to say in English, it's a little choppy.
krisscouture  5/10/2011
I don't know how to pronounce Thais but I'm for unique and uncommon names (I pronounce it Thay-Iss) (The "Th" isn't like the "th" in "the" or "they"). This is one of my favorite meanings. Most people think of the actual bandage but a bandage ensure that you don't get hurt more than you already are and protects you.
Milena Scialfa  6/7/2010
I like this name. It's very pretty, though the meaning is kind of strange.
bananarama  3/9/2010
Thais is my own name :)

And like gaelruadh19 said, the pronunciation is "tah-EES". In Portuguese (I'm Brazilian), "Thaís", with an accent in the "i" to demonstrate the tonic in the "is".
Thais  1/20/2010
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Taís Araújo (born on November 25, 1978 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian actress. Taís Araújo was the first black Brazilian actress to be a protagonist of a Brazilian telenovela, Xica da Silva (1996), in Rede Manchete. She was also a protagonist on another telenovela, Da Cor do Pecado (2004) in Rede Globo channel.
Telenovela=Soap Opera.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2009
Is actually my daughter's name, very happy to have selected it, I also read that it means "The Bond", but the reason I picked the name was because of St Thais of Roman Alexandria, yes yes she was a courtesan, but eventually became a saint. Anyways, they said she was so beautiful that after her in Ancient Greek every time a new baby girl was born and was pretty people would say the baby was a "Thais", meaning how beautiful she was. So well my daughter is beautiful and so is every mothers baby. :)
mamiof2  4/18/2009
I'm really curious about this name. I can't seem to get it out of my mind. It's beautiful but not zealous. It doesn't give the same impression as common girl names. Thais seems to stand alone in it's own essence. I pronounce it as TAY-us but not so sure if it's correct. I imagine a young lady with this name as being artistic, quiet but not shy, fun-loving, strong and mysterious. She's the kind of girl that's beautiful but is completely unaware of it.
Cyneburga  8/22/2008
This would actually be pronounced "tah-EES" by Massenet's French pronunciation. Personally, I think that "tah-EES" is the prettiest pronunciation.
gaelruadh19  1/30/2009
Thaïs is a lovely opera by Massenet. My niece has a friend with the name, who pronounces it Tay-is.
― Anonymous User  10/22/2007
My friend is named this and pronounces it Tie-ees.
YMPvt  2/27/2007
Thaisa is actually the name, very similar of course to Thais, given to the wife of Pericles in Shakespeare's great (but largely forgotten) early tragedy of "Pericles, Prince of Tyre".
lauraschwenn  2/19/2007
Another website I've seen says Thais means "the bond".
― Anonymous User  9/9/2006
Also the title character of an opera by the (now obscure) French composer Jules Massenet.
Pierrot  9/27/2005
Jules Massenet the composer of 'Thais' is certainly not an obscure composer, his works are still performed in all the opera houses of the world. There is a memorial to him in front of the opera house/casino at Monte Carlo.
― Anonymous User  3/13/2010
There is also a saint named Thaïs, who was a courtesan that converted to Christianity. It is about this Thais that Massenet's opera is written.
Valis  9/5/2008
The meaning of the name is very unusual and interesting, and because, unlike more feminine names, it does not end in a vowel or commonplace consonant, it stands out and is interesting.
― Anonymous User  7/21/2005
There is another form of this name, Thaiz, also Greek meaning love.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2005

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