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Gender: Female Pronunciation: a-LAHN-iss Meaning of Alanis: "handsome, cheerful" Origin of Alanis: Female variation of Alan

The name Alanis is a girl's name meaning "handsome, cheerful". Alanis and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Beautiful and discussed in our forums with posts like "Song Title Family".

From the experts:

Singer Alanis Morissette made this twist famous. She was named for her father Alan, who is said to have spotted this version in a Greek newspaper. So far it has been pretty much a one-person name, but could make distinctive update of Alana--especially with s-ending names making a comeback.

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Famous People Named Alanis

Alanis Nadine Morissette, Canadian singer and songwriter
Alanis Obomsawin, Canadian documentary filmmaker

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