Gender: Female Meaning of Anya: "grace" Origin of Anya: Russian diminutive of Anna Anya's Popularity in 2019: #658

Anya Origin and Meaning

The name Anya is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "grace".

Anya is a Russian variation of Anna, which came from the Hebrew name Hannah. 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. In the Hungarian language, Anya also means mother.

Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic.

It is often used as a character name with a bit of foreign flair. Aside from its authentic use in Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Anya 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.

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Rank in US: #658

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Pop Culture References for the name Anya

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MG1257 Says:


I've loved Anya since watching the animated movie Anastasia as a kid! It's like a spunkier version of Ana or Anna!

yutoda Says:


This name is adorable

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fromtheocean12 Says:


Anya and Aanya are also Sanskrit names meaning "inexhaustible"

lindens Says:


I absolutely love the name, Anya! We named our daughter that one year ago and I’m just as much in love with her name as I am with her today❤️. Funny thing, we named her Anya Jeannette, which also has the double meaning of grace. Jeannette is also for my husband’s mom. But I love the grace grace meaning. I see it as a double portion of grace or grace because of God’s grace. Whatever you decided to name your daughter I’m sure is beautiful.

James Moore Says:


My top name, I really hope it doesn't get to popular, for some reason if the name is at least in the top 200, I don't like it anymore.

kenzarty Says:


Lol my childhood best friend's name is Anya Grace

Anya Ray Says:


I love being named Anya, and Áine, which I do pronounce the same way, is an Irish goddess, so that is awesome!

princessepeach Says:


It's too...boring...for me.

princessepeach Says:


I have a deep connection with Princess Ann "Anya Smith," and as a child I wished I was "Anya" from Anastasia. Yet I still don't like this name very much, which is very unfortunate because I would love to name a child after these people.

Nadimelis Says:


Thanks for your feedback, ChantilleElla 🙂 They were my thoughts exactly! I love the name... Just not sure about the 'grace grace' meaning...

ChantilleElla Says:


Absolutely beautiful! The only thing I'd say is that her name would mean "grace grace", which isn't ideal. It's a gorgeous name, though :)

Nadimelis Says:


We are thinking of naming our daughter 'Anya Grace'. I would love to hear your thoughts!

georgiaO Says:


Cool. I like the names Holland and Sweden.

SimoneKadele Says:


To my ear, "ahn" and "on" sound about the same in English.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I know a girl with a name like this, but it's spelled Ahnya. I honestly have never heard of that name before. I wonder if it's a unique spellings or a completely different name that just sounds the same.

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I thought Áine was pronounced ON-ya. Maybe it can be both.

SimoneKadele Says:


I love this name, as well as the Irish name Áine pronounced the same way...

amberdaydream Says:


The Polish version is spelled Ania.

Alicia1 Says:


Nice name!

jasminegarden Says:


as a huge fan of Buffy the vampire slayer, this is high on my list!