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Tanisha, meaning ambition in Sanskrit, is a feminine given name. Tanisha \t(a)-ni-sha\ is pronounced Tanīṣā. Tanisha is the feminine equivalent of the name Tanish and is primarily a first name. Persons with the name Tanisha are commonly Hindu by religion or of the Indo Aryan peoples.[1]

MeaningAmbition (Sanskrit)
Born on Monday (Hausa, English)
Happiness (Arabic), Benevolent ruler (Urdu),
Child saint (Urdu)
Region of originSouth Asia

Tanisha is a Hausa variant transcription of the name Tani (Hausa and English) and means born on a Monday in Hausa.

Tanisha meaning happiness in Arabic.[2]

Tanisha is also a variant transcription of the name Tansy (English). Can also be a combination of Ta- with A'isha.

Tanisha meaning child saint is spelled `Tana Shah' in Urdu or as Tani Shah, meaning "benevolent ruler".[3]



Tanisha also appears in the following countries/origins/languages: African, English, Arabic, Japanese & South Asian


The name Tanisha when pronounced tah-nEE-shah; in Japanese is タニーシャ with the romaji tani-sha. Tanisha as a non-Japanese name is properly rendered in Japanese using katakana タニシャ. Tanisha rendered in hiragana generally is considered to be more feminine. Tanisha in hiragana is たにいしゃ and has the romaji taniisha. Notice that the hiragana rendering differs from the katakana due to the fact that katakana has fairly recently evolved to better render non-Japanese sounds into Japanese. The katakana and hiragana only render the syllable sounds and has no meaning in Japanese.[4]

United StatesEdit

In the United States, it is a predominantly African-American name first popularized in the 1960s by the actress Ta-Tanisha, who appeared on the television program Room 222. Ta-Tanisha loosely translated in Swahili means "Puzzling One".[5]

The American English pronunciation of Tanisha \t(a)-ni-sha\ is ta-NEE-shah or tuh-NEE-shuh. By the 1970s and 1980s, it had become common within the African American culture to invent new names, although many of the invented names took elements from popular existing names. Prefixes such as La/Le, Da/De, Ra/Re, or Ja/Je are common, as well as inventive spellings for the name Tanisha.[6]

US Popularity by Rank top 1000 names[7]

Year of birth Rank Year of birth Rank
1998 856 1984 351
1997 733 1984 351
1996 554 1983 320
1995 534 1982 318
1994 442 1981 339
1993 434 1980 324
1992 387 1979 344
1991 376 1978 335
1990 387 1977 321
1989 401 1976 339
1988 388 1975 345
1987 350 1974 354
1986 350 1973 389
1985 369 1972 352

Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. Data are not shown for some of the years specified because the name Tanisha was not in the top 1000 names for those years. Name data are from Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

Records indicate that 17,012 girls in the United States have been named Tanisha since 1880. The greatest number of people were given this name in 1982, when 756 people in the U.S. were given the name Tanisha. Those people are now 37 years old.[8]


In the United States the name Tanisha is considered a stereotypical African American name or an invented name. The name Tanisha has been used as an example of a stereotypical African American name in many articles addressing institutional racism and unconscious racial bias that African Americans face when seeking employment, housing, bank loans and credit cards.[9][10][11]


Common spellings for Tanisha:


Common nicknames for Tanisha/Tanesha:

  • T
  • Tani
  • TanTan
  • Tanu
  • Tan
  • Tana
  • Tansy
  • Tanini
  • Tanz
  • Tia
  • Tisha
  • Tasha
  • Nesh
  • Nisha
  • Neshy
  • Nesha
  • Neeshie


Given nameEdit







Tanisha is a popularly declared title usually bestowed by the people.

  • Abul Hasan Qutb Shah nicknamed as 'Tana Shah' meaning child saint also known as Abul Hasan Tana Shah or Tani Shah meaning "benevolent ruler".[17] The Tannashah, Tánėshá or Tánísha (a title) was a Nabob of Golconda.[18]

Fictional charactersEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Meaning of Tanisha". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Islamic Names And Their Meanings - Islam for Muslims - Nairaland". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  3. ^ The Strange Life of Tana Shah. Narendra Luther. August 1, 1995. Retrieved August 10, 2014.
  4. ^ Takase Studios, LLC. "Tanisha in Japanese - Original Art and Japanese Tattoo Designs". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  5. ^ LIFE. Time Inc. p. 55. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Rosenkrantz, Linda; Satran, Paula Redmond (August 16, 2001). Baby Names Now: From Classic to Cool--The Very Last Word on First Names. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0312267576.
  7. ^ "Popular Baby Names". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "girl-names/Tanisha". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "The Politics of giving your child a black name". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "Unconscious racial bias still pervades". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Module 7 Racial and Ethnic Stratification Part 3". Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  12. ^ "Google Translate". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  13. ^ a b c "Tanisha in Japanese - Kanji Zone". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  14. ^ "Tanisha in Chinese Writing - - Get Your Name Translate to Chinese". Archived from the original on July 28, 2014. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  15. ^ "My Name in Arabic, Write my Name in Arabic, Write your Name in Arabic, Arabic names for girls — 500+ names in Arabic, all for free!". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  16. ^ The Journey Freedom. Embassy Books. 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "Narendra Luther Archives: The Strange Life of Tana Shah". Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  18. ^ Carnatic Chronology: The Hindu and Mahomedan Methods of Reckoning Time Explained; with Essays on the Systems, Symbols Used for Numerals, a New Titular Method of Memory, Historical Records, and Other Subjects. Charles Philip Brown. 1863. Retrieved August 14, 2014.

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