The name Anya is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "grace". Anya is ranked #627 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Best Girl Names Starting with Vowels and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".
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Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic.
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.