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Gender: Female Pronunciation: AHN-ya Meaning of Anja: "grace" Origin of Anja: Russian variation of Anna

The name Anja is a girl's name of German, Russian origin meaning "grace". Anja and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Drop 2 Add 1 pick a fave that can't be dropped".

From the experts:

Anja is one of the most exotic of several ethnic versions of Ann/Anna now being imported, also including Anya and Annika.

Anja is heard in several European cultures, including Germany, Holland, and the Scandinavian countries--and it has a variety of pronunciations.

Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio has a daughter called Anja, as does former Bachelor Andrew Firestone.

Find other names based on Anja using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Anja

Anja Andersen, Danish Olympic handball player and coach
Anja Garbarek, Polish-Norwegian singer/songwriter
Anja Parson, Swedish former alpine skier
Anja Plaschg, Austrian musician
Anna "Anja" Rubik, Polish supermodel
Anja Mittag, German football player
Anja Steinlechner, Austrian-American singer/songwriter
Anja Louise Ambrosia Mazur (2008), daughter of supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio & Jamie Mazur
Anja Jasmine Firestone (2011), daughter of TV personality Andrew Firestone of "The Bachelor"

Pop Culture References for the name Anja

Anja Mittelmeier, character in Nancy Drew #24: The Captive's Curse.
Pronounced "AHN-jah", is the feminine form of the word "angel" in Portuguese.
Anja Spiegelman, Art’s mother in the Holocaust graphic novel Maus


Ariana157 Says:


I would use this name if I didn't live in a English speaking country . The J would be pronounced incorrectly too many times .