Origin: Greek Αθηναις
Meaning: “belonging to Athene.”
The name was borne by several early Greek personages, Athenais the Seer was a 4th-century Oracle who supposedly revealed the divine origins of Alexander the Great. It was borne by two Cappodocian queens of Greek lineage and a Byzantine consort. Its most notable bearer, however, is probably Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Montespan, Marquise of Montespan and the favorite mistress of King Louis XIV of France (1641-1707).
As of 2010, its French form of Athénaïs was the 496th most popular female name in France.