The name, which has recently become extremely popular in South American countries, is clouded in mystery and legend.
In legend, Anahí was the daughter of a Guarani chief, her and her father tried to fight the Spanish, but were finally subdued. In punishment, the Conquistador’s tied Anahí to a tree and set her on fire. Legend says that the next day, the same tree bloomed flowers, and that is supposedly how the Ceibo tree got its flowers.
The Ceibo is the national flower of Argentina.
Some sources believe that the name may be of Guarani origin and mean “flower of the sky.” Or that it is simply the Guarani word for the Ceibo tree itself. Still other sources contend that it is a derivative of the Assyrian Anahita, and that it first appeared in South America via Lebanese and Assyrian immigrants at the beginning of the 20th-century.
The name is currently borne by famous Mexican actess, Anahí Portillo (b. 1983).
In 2008, the name ranked in at 437 for the top 1000 names in the U.S.
(upper left, Ceibo tree, national flower of Argentina).