Gender: Female Meaning of Anissa: "friendly" Origin of Anissa: Arabic

Anissa Origin and Meaning

The name Anissa is a girl's name of Arabic origin meaning "friendly".

A pretty and delicate cousin of Anna is often heard in Scotland and is also currently popular in France. In the US it was brought to public attention by child actress Anissa Jones, who played Buffy on the popular TV show Family Affair, which debuted in 1966, bringing her name onto the charts the following year. Born Mary Anissa, her middle/stage name reflected her Lebanese heritage.

Anissa is also an English form of Agnes.

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Annissa M. Says:


This is my name, spelled a little different, but I love it. I always get compliments, and I've only met a couple others with the name.

indiefendi2 Says:


Between the preteen murderer and the name of the adult film actress, I don't have a good image of this name......

wavygirl Says:


i agree Anissa is an amazing name.

rie Says:


Anissa = 1 of the 2 twelve year old 'Slenderman' stabbers. Chilling !

linda Says:


@INeedaName--I have taken your comments to heart and changed the description of Anissa.

INeedAName Says:


Not sure why the description for this name is so caustic. Anissa is a lovely name- at least I think so, since it's mine. I've never gotten anything but compliments for it.

The etymology of the name given here is also incorrect- it is a variation Agnes ("pure") and has been used in Scotland for centuries. I would even have accepted it as a variation of Annis, meaning "whole". A cursory Google easily shows that Anissa existed long before the child actress did. Does the person who writes these actually do any research first?