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Gender: Female Meaning of Aya: "colorful or bird" Origin of Aya: Japanese or Hebrew Aya's Popularity in 2017: #790

The name Aya is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "colorful or bird". Aya is ranked #790 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bird Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Simple names have their appeal, but Aya, barely more than a breath, maybe be too simple. It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2012.

In the entertainment industry, Aya has two international bearers: Aya Korem, an Israeli singer-songwriter, and Aya Liu, a Taiwanese actress. Aya is also a Danish name (a creative spelling of Aja) and is a highly popular choice there.

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Famous People Named Aya

Aya Hirano, Japanese pop singer
Aya Matsuura, Japanese pop singer
Aya Ishiguro, Japanese pop singer and former member of Morning Musume
Aya Jones, French-Jamaican model
Aya Cash, American actress
Aya Liu, Taiwanese actress
Aya Ueto, Japanese actress
Aya Korem, Israeli pop/rock singer
Aya Kanai, fashion director of "Cosmopolitan" and "Seventeen" magazines.
Aya Thorgren, Swedish fashion model

Pop Culture References for the name Aya

Aya Al-Rashid, character on TV's "The Originals"
Aya Fuse, character in "Extras" by Scott Westerfeld
Aya Brea, character in the video game series "Parasite Eve"
Aya Drevis, main character in video game "Mad Father"
Aya Mikage, main character in manga "Ceres, Celestial Legend"
Aya, also Japanese for "fragile, delicate"
Aya, any verse in the Qur'an
Aya, character in video game "Assassin's Creed: Origins"

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Aya Al Maghrabi Says:


Aya is also an Arabic name which means. "miracle, proof, sign or gift." I know because that's my name and i am an Egyptian. i didn't find Arabic meaning here so thought i could share

indiefendi2 Says:


there is a gorgeous model named Aya Jones who has me loving this name!

pamsatran Says:


Thanks for bringing this up; you are correct. There was a punctuation issue in our back end that masked the Japanese meaning and the Hebrew origin! It's fixe now.

shanade213 Says:


Aya means "colorful" in Japanese and "bird" in Hebrew.

MissAussie1992 Says:


I've only met one Aya - a teenage boy.

SimoneKadele Says:


I love this name. I've known two girls named Aya, and they were both Japanese. They pronounced it EYE-uh.

fifer Says:


It's a multicultural name, so it really depends on where you are. I don't know about Hebrew, but in Japanese it means "silk" and is pronounced ah-yuh.

OliviaSarah Says:


I've wondered this too, I think AY-ah is the prettier pn. It is beautiful either way though, I heard Evangeline Aya recently which I think is just gorgeous.

Uyen Tran Says:


aya lily would sound good

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Is it pronounced like EYE-ah or AY-ah?