Anahita

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Persian
Meaning: “immaculate.”

The name is composed of the Avestan elements, a (not) and ahit (unclean).

It was borne in Persian and Armenian mythology by a fertility goddess associated with water, wisdom and healing.

The name’s usage has survived both Christianity and Islam, being a popular name throughout the Near East and Central Asia.

As of 2009, its Tajik variant of Anohito was the 5th most popular female name in Tajikistan, (2009).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Anahid/Anahit Անահիդ (Armenian/Azeri)
  • Anahita (Assyrian/Lebanese/Persian/Syrian)
  • Anais (Azeri)
  • Anaitis (Greek)
  • Anahîta (Kurdish)
  • Nahid  ناهید (Persian)
  • Anohito Анохито (Tajik/Uzbek)
  • Noxid Ноҳид (Tajik)
  • Onoxito Оноҳито (Tajik)

Anahí

Gender: Female
Origin: debated
Meaning: debated
(ah-nah-EE)

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).