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Gender: F Meaning of Anya: "grace" Origin of Anya: Russian diminutive of Anna Anya's Popularity in 2015: #555

Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic. After reentering the Top 1000 in 1998, it currently ranks 555th.

Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia, Poland and other East European countries, while Anja is the spelling usually preferred in Germany Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands.

Anya is often used as a character name with a bit of foreign flair. Aside from its authentic use in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, it has appeared as Audrey Hepburn's name in Roman Holiday, on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and as the latest Spider-Girl, who is also known as Arana. In literature, Anya Seton is the pen name of Ann Seton, author of such best-selling mid-century historical novels as Dragonwyck.

Famous People Named Anya

Anya Ayoung-Chee, Trinidadian fashion designer, winner of Season 9 "Project Runaway" and former beauty queen
Anya Rozova, American fashion model
Anya Marina, American singer known for "Satellite Heart"
Anya Seton, pen name of American romance author Ann Seton

Pop Culture References for the name Anya

Anya, title character's nickname in 1997 movie "Anastasia"
Anyunka "Anya" Jenkins, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Because of Anya," novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Anya Balanchine, character in "All These Things I've Done" by Gabrielle Zevin
Anya MacPherson, character from TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Anya Borzakovskaya, character in "Anya's Ghost" by Vera Brosgol
Anya Smith, alias of Audrey Hepburn's character, Princess Ann, in "Roman Holiday"
Anya Hepburn, character from the anime "Soul Eater Not!"
Anya Corazon aka Spider-Girl, character in Marvel Comics

Aniya, Aaniyah, Anja, Aniyah