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Gender: Female Pronunciation: VAHN-yah Origin of Vanja: Scandinavian, feminine variation of Vanya

The name Vanja is a girl's name of Scandinavian origin. Vanja and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least favorite name".

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Russian Uncle Vanya becomes niece Vanja in Sweden: an intriguing switch.

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Famous People Named Vanja

Vanja Babic, Serbian taekwondo athlete (male)
Vanja Blomberg, Swedish gymnast & Olympian (female)
Vanja Drach (1932-2009), Croatian actor (male)
Vanja Dzaferovic, former Croatian footballer (male)
Vanja Ejdus, Serbian actress (female)
Vanja Gesheva-Tsvetkova, Bulgarian sprint canoer (female)
Vanja Grubac, Montenegrin footballer & Chinese coach (male)
Vanja Ivesa, Croatian football goalkeeper playing for Turkey (male)
Vanja Miceta, Serbian synchronized swimmer (female)
Vanja Perisic, Croatian middle-distance runner (male)
Vanja Plisnic, Serbian basketballer playing for Turkey (male)
Vanja Radaus (1906-'75), Croatian sculptor, painter & writer (male)
Vanja Rogulj, Croatian breast-stroke swimmer (male)
Vanja Rupena, Miss Croatia '96; Croatia's Next Top Model host (female)

Pop Culture References for the name Vanja



snowsbeloved Says:


I see that too :/

RoddyThlayli Says:


This name is so pretty.

Sorceress Says:


Vanja is unisex name in Croatia, spelled this way. Vanya is Russian variation, which is boy name, but in Croatia this name is used as unisex name spelled only Vanja way.

DearestJules Says:


Quite beautiful when pronounced correctly, but at first I thought the "j" was pronounced phonetically and the name reminded me of (excuse me for saying this; maybe I just have a potty mind) a vag-ina.