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Gender: F Pronunciation: ee-NEZ Meaning of Ines: "pure, virginal" Origin of Ines: Italian, Portuguese, Slovene and Croatian variation of Agnes

This form of Agnes, Ines has always been popular since the true story of the thwarted lovers Queen Ines of Castro and King Peter of Portugal. This has to be one of the most heartbreaking and bloody true romances in history!

Prince Peter fell in love with the beautiful and lovely Ines, but their relationship was forbidden by his father King Afonso. Peter (who had been married) became a widow and planned to marry Ines, but this too was disallowed. When Peter followed her into exile, Afonso ordered Ines to be murdered in front of her own child. Distraught, Peter hunted her murderers down and ripped the hearts out of their bodies, claiming they did not have any hearts. When he later came to the throne, Peter made Ines his queen, exhumed her body and made the court vow allegiance to her.

Ines recently achieved new prominence in the US as the name of the second daughter of actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

Inez is the Spanish spelling.

Famous People Named Ines

Juana Ines de la Cruz, 17c. Mexican writer
Ines de Suarez, female conquistador
Ines de Castro, lover of King Peter I of Portugal
Ines Sastre, Spanish model & actress
Ines Granger, daughter of Australian chef Bill Granger
Ines De La Fressange, French model and fashion designer
Ines Reynolds (b. 2016), daughter of actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Pop Culture References for the name Ines

Ines Serrano, character in Jean-Paul Sartre's "No Exit"
Ines, character in a Byron poem
Ines, Sofia Vergara's character in the movie "Chef" (2014)

Ines's International Variations

Annys, Annis (Greek) Ynes, Ynez, Ynesita, Inesita (Spanish)