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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 "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

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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Pop Culture References for the name Vanya

Vanusha, Vanka, Vanechka, Vanek, Wanya

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DearestJules Says:


Very well. I get why it's a boy name. I just think it could also work as a girls name. Like Anya.

Guest Says:


Vanya is a nickname for Ivan in Russia.

Sorceress Says:


Vanya is boy name in Russia,. but unisex name in Croatia (it's spelled Vanja in Croatia). If anyone would like to know this...

DearestJules Says:


It's a little strange to me that this is only listed as a boys name in the Nameberry database. Still usable on a boy (though it does sound a little foreign) but I prefer it on a girl. And if Vanja is listed as a girls name, why not this spelling too?