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Anais is a Provençal French baby girl’s name that means “grace” and is a variant on the name Anna. Anais first became popular in the late 1980’s but has only appeared in the top 1000 a few times since then. Anais is a beautiful name, however, and a worthy alternative to the more common English version of the name.

Meaning of the name Anais:

Catalan, Galician, Occitan, French: grace

Origin of the name Anais:

Anais is a baby girl’s name of French origin that means “grace”. Anais is a Provencal variant of the English girl’s name Anna. Anais may also derive from Anahita, the Persian goddess of fertility and healing.

Symbolism of the name Anais:

Anais is associated with Anahita who is a goddess of water. Water is symbolic of healing, fertility, and purification.

Baby name Anais

Style of the name Anais:


Gender of the name Anais:

Anais is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Anais:

A-NA-EES (French), ə-nə-EES (Catalan), a-na-EES (Catalan, Occitan)

Number of syllables in the name Anais:


Emotion evoked from the name Anais:

Anais evokes feelings of compassion and a strong spirit.

Alternative spellings for the name Anais:

Anaes, Anyse, Anise

Nicknames for the name Anais:

  • Ani
  • Ana 
  • Nia
  • Nisa
  • Anisette

Popularity of the name Anais:

According to the Social Security Administration, Anais is a girl’s baby name that has been sporadically popular since the late 1980’s. Anais has appeared in the top 1000 names only ten times since 1988, peaking at #842 in 1992.

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Great middle names for the name Anais and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Anais:

  • Anais (French singer)
  • Anaïs Aubert (French actress)
  • Anais Pouliot (Canadian model)
  • Anaïs Napoleón (French-Spanish photographer)
  • Anaïs Toudouze (French artist)

Anais in popular culture:

  • Anais Watterson (television, “The Amazing World Of Gumball”)
  • Anais (video game, “The Witcher 2”)
  • Anais Adler (television, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”)
  • Madame Anaïs (literature, “Belle de Jour” by Joseph Kessel)