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

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.

Famous People Named Anissa

Anissa Jones (1958-1976), American actress
Anissa Helou, renowned cookbook author
Anissa Kate, adult film star

Pop Culture References for the name Anissa

Anissa, bachelorette in Harvest Moon games "Tree of Tranquility" and "Animal Parade"
Similar-sounding: Anisa, Anisia/Anisja/Anysia, Nyssa