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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Anya
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Anya in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Anya:
Records indicate that 10,319 girls in the United States have been named Anya since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 2009, when 879 people in the U.S. were given the name Anya. Those people are now 10 years old.
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Comments about the name Anya
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53 Positive Comments
"My name is Anya, and I absolutley love my name. Everyone I meet, loves my name. Many find it very unique and different, and that's what I like about it!" Aug. 20, 2019:
"My name is Anya and I absolutely LOVE my name! I'm British and people at school always used to use the 'Lasagna' joke and then later on I got the 'Onion' joke (which I never understood because you pronounce my name as 'an-ya' with a short ending 'A' not 'Arr') I love how unique it is and I've only ever met 2 other Anya's in my life - also when I write my name in Japanese kanji I use '暗夜' which means 'Dark Night': my favourite meaning ;D" Oct. 26, 2017:
"My daughter is 6 I named her Anya because I read a book called Cat's Eye by William Johnstone the book was amazing and I loved the name everybody that has heard her name loves it they ask us both how we would like it pronounced my daughter says onya I say annya it's really awesome" Jul. 21, 2015:
"Hi, my name is Anja and it's a more or less common name in Serbia. I don't really have any problems with wrong pronunciation in my country because we speak as we write. Pronunciation of the 'j' in our language is actually how you pronounce in English 'yah' without 'ah'. But I have other problem: I get frequently mixed up with Ana (Anna), it's probably because Ana is like one of the most frequently used names in our country and people, while reading my name, often overlook 'j'. However, I really love my name and although I wanted as a child for my name to be Anastasia (ah-nah-stah-SEE-ah), now, as an adult, I adore Anja and it's pretty special to me. There is also an alterations of the name like: Vanja (vahn-yah), Tanja (tahn-yah), Sanja (sahn-yah) and Janja (yahn-yah) - all on the same principle as you can see; just added a letter in front of Anja. My cousin's and my best friend's names are Vanja, so I am constantly joking how I'm a part of them. This name is getting more and more popular how years go and I think that about 5% of little girls up to ten years in Serbia are named Anja. It's something like a urban, modern name (short names are 'in' now)." Jan. 24, 2015:
"My daughter is 26, born in the U.S. and has the name Anya. The doctor who delivered her was named Anya and one of my coworkers is also an Anya. My daughter has encountered all of the onya, enya, onja, onion as the others have. The name Anya is a very beautiful name as well as the meaning, I couldn't have chosen a better name." Jan. 3, 2015:
"Anya is my name, I am a 13 year old girl from England, and I do get the odd 'onion' now and then, however I love my name, and am glad my parents chose it as I don't know anyone with the same name, and I get quite a lot of compliments!" Dec. 7, 2014:
"It's my favourite girl's name. My bf and I have picked it in case we have a daughter someday.
The name Anna/Anne is very important in my family, so I like that it's a unique twist on an important family name. I like how timeless and unique it is. It's one of those names you don't hear much, but it's not made up or stupid/weird.
I also like that it honours my bf's heritage (he's Indian), and mine (I'm Irish). All round, perfect name in my opinion. :)" Jul. 21, 2014:
"My name is Anya and like everyone else has said it is always pronounced wrong, spelled wrong (even when it is already spelled for them), or when I was little called "Onion" which I don't get as I lived in California. I have met one other "Anya" and one "Ania." Even with all the problems with the name I still love it and it always gets some kind of compliment." Mar. 16, 2014:
"My name is Anya, and the pronunciation thing is a funny one. Americans say Ahh-nya, and Brits say Ann-ya. It just sounds weird if either say it the other way around." Feb. 25, 2014:
"My daughters name, I love it. We chose to spell it Anja. Yes, here in the UK she gets Lasanga and AnGA, not that it bothers her or us!" Jun. 9, 2013:
"I spell my daughter's name with a 'j' - Anja. I'm of German descent so I spell it in the German way plus the first place I heard the name was in 9th grade German class. :) I was originally going to call her Anastazia and use Anja for short but we decided to go with the shorter name since that was what we were going to use daily anyway. She usually gets her name pronounced 'Ann-jah' but she's quick to correct them. She's only met one other female named Anya, they had a great time discussing whose name was spelled correctly and whose wasn't." May. 16, 2012:
"I am 5 months pregnant, and we have chosen the name Anya Ann. I guess it's kind of redundant since they have the same meaning, but we like the sound of it so we are happy." Jul. 7, 2011:
"My husband and I are trying to get pregnant at this time. If we have a girl we plan to name her Anya. Anya Serene." Jun. 8, 2011:
"haha stumbled on this website by accident. I've often been called Ana or Ayanna. And people jokingly call me Anya. Despite the initial mispronunciation, it's a unique name- something you don't often see." Apr. 19, 2011:
"MY Daughter is called Anja pronounced Anya but beware people often call her ANNJAR or ANGIE" Mar. 12, 2011:
"My name is Anya. I was born in 1947. It has been mispronounced a lot, and I too was called Onion. Not quite sure why. The name was my mother's and her mother was Polish/Russian. I was not happy with the name growing up and changed to my middle name of Nancy in the 2nd grade around age 7." Feb. 23, 2011:
"I was christened/named Anne but I'm thinking of formally changing to Anya (I already use it sometimes). My father was Russian and I have a Russian surname which I've had to help people pronounce all my life (I'm in my 50's). If need be I do the same with Anya:)" Feb. 21, 2011:
"I am Chinese, and my name is Anya 安雅, pronounced as An Ya in Chinese. In Chinese it means peaceful and elegant. I like my name, it can be used as a Chinese name as well as an English name." Nov. 3, 2010:
"Hi! My name is Anya, and I'm from Russia. I never liked my name as a child, because it's very common in Russia, but I did start to appreciate it a lot more since I moved to the US. However, because my legal name is Anna, I do have a lot of explaining to do. Anya is one of many derivatives of Anna, others include Annushka, Anka/An'ka, Anechka, Anyuta(my favorite). Somehow I managed to avoid being called "onion" as a child. It never even occurred to me until recently, when my brother-in-law started teaching my little nephew to call me "Auntie Onion" (I kind of love it :)" Sep. 18, 2010:
"The first time we heard the name Anya on "so you think you can dance" contestant of Anya-Pasha fame in 2008 (i think). We absolutely loved the name and decided that if we have a girl we will call her Anya, which we did. Our daughter is 2 years old now and we absolutely love the name. We've got so many compliments for this name. I absolutely love the meanings of the name; inexhaustible in Sanskrit and graceful in Russian. Glad to hear it means brilliance in Irish...lovely lovely name.." Sep. 16, 2010:
"My name is Anya in Russia this name is a short name for Anna. Pronounced like Ah-ni-ya. It's a common shortening so you may adress Anya easily to any Anna you meet. The meaning is the same as Anna - grace. Came from jewish." Aug. 11, 2010:
"My name is Anya and EVERYONE messes it up saying ann- yah or oohn-yah is such a symple name!!! i love my name is more unique than Brittany or Sarah. But only 1 person has gotten it right on the 1st time ! :( And everyone spells it Anja my names NOT spelled Anja! :( but i love my name and i always will" Aug. 9, 2010:
"Hello! My name is Anya and yes, all my life I've also had to correct others, hear weird pronunciations of it, and was often called either Onion or Anastasia (cause of the animated film). But like everyone else here, I always get complimented on how beautiful my name is. However, unlike everyone here, I'm Japanese. And what my mom didn't realize , is that when I spell my name in kanji, it reads as 諳夜 (AN-YA) which means 'dark night'. I think that's my favorite meaning :)" Jul. 5, 2010:
"I am of East Indian origin and my husband is Caucasian American with a variety of ethnicties mixed in. We wanted to honor both of our heritages when we found out that I was pregnant. Anya fit the bill perfectly with it meaning 'inexhaustible' in Sanskrit and 'radiance or brilliance' in Irish Gaelic. We have already been complimented on how lovely the name is. Moreover, the name is unique, but not too different and not as tough as mine is." Feb. 6, 2010:
"My name is also Anya. Being from the south I was ALWAYS called onion because southerners pronounced it UN-YA instead of An-YA. In school I always knew when the teacher was at my name because there would be a weird pause. I am so glad I have the name Anya. I get so many compliments. I hope to give my daugter a unique name as well so she stands out from the crowd." Feb. 5, 2010:
"I named my daughter Anya (she was born Nov 2007) because I wanted to honor my Russian heritage and choose a name that was different...but not TOO different. I think it's beautiful and I love it more every day. I hope my daughter likes it as she gets older, but I have no problem calling her Anna or Annie if she prefers that." Dec. 29, 2009:
"My daughter's first full name is Anya Mae. She is outgoing and has a zest for life at the tender age of 3. She is very loveable and sensitive." Jul. 28, 2009:
"My name is Anya i was born in 98 and i love my name! it's very unique, but a lot of people call me onion, lasagna, and An-yaaa (anya but fast). My friends call me by my name but they say it like Aya (with a sort of a silent n)." Jun. 9, 2009:
"My Name Is Anya To I Love It So What People Call Me Onion Yes And Lasgna You Pronounce Mine An-ya
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"My daughters name is Anya, and I think it is so beautiful, I always get so many comments on her pretty name!!" Mar. 26, 2009:
"Iam calling my baby Anya, pronounced AN YA, i like it as my name is russian also NATASHA, My russian name never caused me any problems, Im originally from Liverpool UK" Feb. 6, 2009:
"My name is Anja (yes with "j"). Its a very common name here in Germany but since I wanna live in the US one day I am glad I am going to have rare name then ;). I love unique names and always wanted to have one." Jan. 12, 2009:
"My name's Anya and I love it! It's unique and not a common (yawn!) name. I get compliments on my name all the time." Dec. 6, 2008:
"I have named my daughter 'Aanya', with 'Aa' to stress the vowels. coz in Hidi, 'Anya' means 'something else'. i hope she doesn't go through the teasing and comes back crying to get her name changed.
I like this name since this has a nice sophisticated feel to it, with a nice meaning in a lot of languages" Nov. 28, 2008:
"Great name. See a description of Aanya at www.kabalarians.com" Oct. 18, 2008:
"I plan on changing my daughter's name from Niah to Aanya. It is a more balanced name. The description of Aanya is found at www.kabalarians.com
The name of Aanya creates a happy, versatile, and expressive nature, with good business judgment and a fine sense of responsibility, which should enable you to establish congenial relationships in positions of trust where you are dealing with the public. Aanya gives you a clever, quick mind, with the ability to accomplish a great deal in a short period of time, although it is not easy for you to systematize your efforts.
This name gives you the desire to entertain and to meet and mix with people of refinement and culture. that would" Oct. 18, 2008:
"My name is Anya aswell. I tend to be called Onion, and can be teased. But It's nice to feel independant. Because you have a special name that if you enjoy, Others should Enjoy too. My name is originally spell "Anja" But I spell it Anya. I may Change the spelling to Aniyah." Sep. 16, 2008:
"Named my baby girl Aanya.
It's a beautiful name with excellent meanings in multiple languages (Sanskrit, Russian, Baltic, African Igbo etc.).
Also, it's easy to say and write." Aug. 24, 2008:
"I had my daughter in May 08 and chose the name Anya as its a traditional sanskrit name. It's a beautiful,different name for which she gets many compliments." Jul. 29, 2008:
"I Love my name Its A Great Name!
And No-one Ever Bullys Me" Jul. 26, 2008:
"My full first name is CASTANYA, and I have been known as Anya my whole life (one of the first to be named this here is the states). It IS beautiful, it IS unique, and I DO love it - but it makes you find character down in you. The jokes, oh my gosh!!! There's a fly on-ya, is that something on-ya, Anya?, getch in-ya don't get any on-ya, Anya...yeesh.
And no one hears it right, no one spells it right, especially elderly people. I have met people from Russia and to them it is like "Jane" - no big deal and they have a lot of cute nicknames for it. The worst part is customer service ANYWHERE!
But I wouldn't change it, my father chose it for me, and it fits like a glove!" Jul. 14, 2008:
"I love this name and have decided on naming my baby girl, due in 2 months - Aanya. i will spell it with double a's to stress the aa...as in art. I think it is soft , sweet, gracious but not too baby like..so it shud be grt for a baby, a young girl and a woman...
The meaning that i found to this name are:
inexhaustible - sanskrit
grace,gracious - european
gift from god/ god answered - russian" Jul. 11, 2008:
"i love the name! im glad my parents named me anya because where i live there are not many people with that name. but maybe if i go to russia it will be different. sometimes people likes to pronounce it tanya or anja, but most of the time they're able to say it right" Jun. 11, 2008:
"My name's Anya and I absolutely love it! It's unique and I've always been the only Anya nearby. Sure people mispronounce it...all the time, but it's okay. I still love it! And yea, about pronouncing it like onion? where do they get that?" Mar. 18, 2008:
"MY name is anya. People pronounce it wrong a lot, and think I'm russian, but I'm Swiss." Jan. 24, 2008:
"My daughter's name is Anya. My wife and I did lot of research before settling on Anya. Both of us love this name and we hope Anya would feel the same when she is old enough to understand its meaning. Anya means inexhaustible in Sanskrit and graceful in Russian. We have found two of our friends who know someone named Anya." Jan. 1, 2008:
"This is my daughter's name. We also thought it would be very unique, but we've been in public places and there's either been an Anya there, or someone that knows an Anya." Oct. 16, 2007:
"I name my daughter this name this year of 2007. I get alot of compliments,and asked what does it mean. Of which I found to be a variant of ann which means grace. I thought it was a different name that no one else would have, but I have met so many people who have or know somebody name Anya." Oct. 9, 2007:
"Pronunciation: A ('ah' as 'a' in the word "father") N ('n' as 'n' in the word "no") Y ('y' as 'y' in the word "yes") A ('ah' as 'a' in the word "father").
'Anya' is the diminutive form of the name 'Anyanwu'. Anyanwu' is the name of Octavia E. Butler's protagonist in the book WildSeed [et seq]. The name means 'sun' or 'sunlight' in the African Igbo dialect.
An observable up-swing in the 'Anya' appellation occurred following the 1997 release of the Fox animated feature 'Anastasia', as it had been used as a slangy-diminution of the name 'Anastasia' in the story-line.
One need only inquire if 'Anya' "is short for" Anyanwu to discount WildSeed as inspiration for name selection." Jun. 9, 2007:
"I think it's BEAUTIFUL. I like the idea of giving a name with foreign flair. Another way to spell it is the ethnic way, Anja, but I'm sure everone in the U.S. would mispronounce." Dec. 23, 2006:
"This is an awesome name! And I know my daughter will love it!" Aug. 4, 2006:
"We named our girl Anya after discussing Anastasia. I wanted a Russian name but picked an "American" spelling instead of Anja just to help with the pronunciation of it." Apr. 30, 2006:
"My name is Anya Clare - I'm 27 years old. I absolutely love the uniqueness of my name! Most people I meet make comments about how much they love the sound of it. I highly recommend naming your baby girl "Anya!!!"" Jul. 31, 2005:
2 Negative Comments
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"There was a HOT chick in high school named Anya. Such an unfortunate name for her though because she got many "I'd like to be On Ya'" comments." Jul. 16, 2007:
38 Neutral Comments
"My name is Anya, and I love it. It is very unique!" Apr. 2, 2019:
"My name is Anja and I'm from Holland. It is considered a very oldfashioned and dull name here. Every Anja here is at least 40 years old because it has been unpopular for decades. I think like Ann, Betty, Jane in the US." Aug. 8, 2014:
"My name is Anya. Most boys call me Onion, although I can see the reason to it, I would change the pronunciation to avoid that. I would change the pronunciation to An-HI-Ah.
Good luck with the baby! :)" Jan. 31, 2013:
"Hi my name is Anya from India .Many people often pronounce my name wrong but I don't care.its just fun.I have never meet an another person with this name.I feel great to have this name." Aug. 13, 2011:
"May daughter was named Anja. She was born on September 08 which is birthday of Virgin Mary in catholic tradition. Our family is from Croatia where we also live. In my country Anja is common spelling of the name but unlike Ana it is rare because of Russian origins. We named our daughter Anja because there are thousands of Anas in our country. Because she was born on September the eight we baptized her Anja Marija (Mary in Croatian)." Feb. 21, 2011:
"My daughter was born in May 08. We named her Anya (aan-yah) as it means 'inexhaustable' in Sanskrit. My husband is of East Indian origin (Hindu) and I am of Serbian origin. The name worked out well with both our cultures. People tend to pronouce it as Aniyah, Enya, On-yah, etc. We also have an annoying relative who calls her Lasagna but we just ignore it. We always get compliments on her name!" Jan. 24, 2011:
"My name is D'Anya... so I'm assuming it means "of favor" or "of grace"" Jan. 14, 2011:
"I love Russian and Ukrainian names.. My grandmother was from Uzhgorod Ukraine, and her name was Hanya, but her canadian legal name was Anne.. My mother's middle name is Anne, and my middle name is Ann, now my daughter's middle name is Anya.. Glad I went with family tradition!" Sep. 23, 2010:
"My Granddaughter is named Anya. She was adopted by my daughter in 2009. She was born in Russia in the city of Moscow in 2008. Her birth name is Irina. She was renamed Anya after my wife Anne.
We sometimes call her An-yee." Aug. 31, 2010:
"I LOVE this name but I think I'd like to pronounce it A- Ni- A....
Any thoughts?" Aug. 17, 2010:
"My name is Anya in Ukrainian but in US everyone calls me Anna "Enna" works for me I actually really like my name cuz you can change the pronunciation what ever way you like it :) fun" Jul. 27, 2010:
"We named our daughter Anya. I met a girl in college with the name and loved it. She was Polish and pronounced it AHN-ya. So that is how we have always said it. The whole onion thing never occurred to us. We call her annie as a nickname. I still love the name and she is the only Anya we know." Jul. 27, 2010:
"My name is Anya but my parents spelled it Anja instead. I rarely have anyone pronounce it right the first time. I have had prounce it seceral different ways including An-ya(with a soft A as in apple) Anjie and most commonly On-Ja(with a J sound) It gets old really fast having to correct people all the time. I am in middleschool and I often get teased when kids call me onion, lasagna, and omlette. But overall I do like my name and people that know me do pronounce it right. I have also gotten many compliments on it and I am glad my parents went with such a unique name and such a unique way to spell it." Jun. 16, 2010:
"i am about to name my baby anya i love this pretty russian name" May. 20, 2010:
"will my name is Anya. I don't know if it is beautiful or not. I was adopted from Russia in 2005 now im 19. I think its pretty boring name ever." Apr. 29, 2010:
"My name is Anya! I love that name but some people mess it up and call me Tatyana, but I have to tell them "My name is ANYA, TATYANA is my middle name"" Nov. 28, 2009:
"My name is Anya also. However, I have a different pronounciation spin to it that has added even more headache when growing up. My parents are Cuban where the Y is pronounced like a J so in MY case, it's actually "Ann-ja". Try explaining that to the world your whole life, in school and now professionally!! I thought of legally changing the spelling for decades until I met a handful of others who spelled it Anja but ALL pronounced theirs "Onya" on "Annya" anyway. In the end, it became such a big mess that I've kept my name just like mom and dad gave it to me and have simply perfected my pheonetic explanations to others." Oct. 28, 2009:
"My name is Anya and i love it because not a lot of girls have this name and its so unique, but people keep calling me, "Onion(s),lasagna,etc." But i get them back!" Jun. 1, 2009:
"Ditto on being called onion and lasagna, etc.
I grew up in Nashville,TN (born 1971) and Anya with a southern twang is not all that pretty. When I was very little I used to id myself to people as a variety of other names. Usually names of other girls I knew. Now that I am an adult I appreciate it more. It would be easy enough for a child who is having a tough time being teased to go be Annie or Anna. Then when they get older they can use Anya if they choose." Feb. 22, 2009:
"i have so say that i do appreciate my name now more than when i was younger BUT, im still not fond of it.
i get the whole, onion thing and it really bothers me.
people dont pronounce it right, EVER and its such a short simple name, Anya." Aug. 24, 2008:
"My name is Anya-anwu and i always got teased growing up and had to constantly correct people on the pronouciation. my name is pronounced AN-YAA-WU. By the time grade 4 came along, one teacher said she would call me ANYA for short and that was it. I was then known as ANYA until I hit 18 when I legally changed my first name to my middle name. I took the meaning from ANYA-ANWU (the setting sun) and used SUNSET as my middle name. It was a struggle growing up and always having to correct people and stand there helping them through the pronounciation for what felt like ever. I now realize the importance of having a powerful and unique name and have since launched a business using the name I was born with. The bottom line is most people even with the most seemingly simple names still have to correct others on how it should sound. So be happy with the name you were given, it is who you are" Aug. 13, 2008:
"My name is Anya but my mom spelled it Aanya instead. Im 19 and I like my name now but all through middle school and high school I hated it. I hated it because kids would always call me onion or dumb boys would say"hey can I get ON-Ya?" And it always got on my nerves. Another very annoying thing is that you have to introduce yourself twice to everyone becuase the first time you say "Aanya" they always say "oh Tanya!" and I have to correct them. Over the phone people just assume I said Tanya. It gets very old, very fast. I get a lot of compliments from older adults too. Overall, Its just an Ok name." May. 3, 2008:
"My name is anya and people always say it WRONG.They say anya as in arn and its ANya like an apple. =]" Mar. 18, 2008:
"I named my daughter anya.She is very kind, loving in nature.She is a born leader and has an artistic mind." Feb. 22, 2008:
"my name is actually Anya people, tend to say it is a beautiful name then I get the people who say "onion",I absolutely hate that. My mom saw a movie called Anastasia,which later turned out to be a Disney movie, thats how I got my name. Actually my name is Princess Anya,my mom was tripping I know...lol" Dec. 26, 2007:
"thats my name and there are noo key chains or anything with it" Dec. 17, 2007:
"My name is Anya and I have always loved it. I get tons of compliments - definitely a great name for a girl, especially if you want her to have a unique name." Jul. 27, 2007:
"Hi my name is ANYA. My mom said that my dad got it from the book he's reading when I was born. I was born 1984. Thru the years, people keep on asking if my real name is Tanya. Some pronounce or spell it as "Enya", "Onya" and recently at my new job as "Anja". Such a simple name, but people make it complicated."