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Gender: Male Origin of Vanya: Russian, diminutive of John

The name Vanya is a boy's name of Russian origin. Vanya and is often added to lists like Variations of John and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

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This short form of Ivan just could join the other Russian nickname names coming into fashion, and it does have the Chekhov connection.

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Famous People Named Vanya

Vanya Aleksandrovich Mirzoyan, Armenian scientist and mathematician
Vanya Gospodinova, Bulgarian female runner
Vanya Sokolova, Bulgarian female volleyball player
Vanya Mishra, Femina Miss India World 2012

Pop Culture References for the name Vanya

Ivan Petrovitch "Vanya" Voynitsky, title character in Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya"
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," play by Christopher Durang
Vanya, doorman in the Gossip Girl series
Vanya, winner of the Child Genius TV competition
Vanya Hargreeves (White Violin), comic book character from "The Umbrella Academy" by Gerard Way

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