The name is a Provençal form of Anne and was popularized by French writer, Anaïs Nin (1903-1977), a perfume by Cacherel Anaïs Anaïs released in 1978, was named for the French author.
Currently, Anaïs is the 7th most popular female name in French-speaking, Switzerland, her rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 17 (France, 2009)
- # 30 (Belgium, 2009)
The name is also used in Spanish-speaking countries, in which case it is often spelled Anaís.