Origin:Short form of Pavel
Description:Panya is a Russian diminutive that sounds a tad feminine to the Western sensibility.
Origin:African, Swahili; or, Russian, diminutive of Stephania
Meaning:"mouse, tiny one; or, crowned one"
Description:Panya is a multicultural possibility with a sound that's pleasing to the English-speaking ear, though the Swahili translation, which might also be "rat," makes it less than savory as an African name.