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Quick Facts on Anya

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Russian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 444
Simple meaning:
Gracious, God has favored me

Characteristics of Anya

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Anya

Anya is the Russian diminutive of Anna. Anna is the Latin variant of the Hebrew girl’s name Hannah (meaning “God has favored me”). The name Hannah comes from the Bible (1 Samuel 1:2). She is the mother of the great Israeli prophet Samuel. Unable to bear children “because the Lord closed her womb,” Hannah prays to God for a son promising to “give him to the Lord all the days of his life.” By the ‘grace’ of God, He eventually ‘favors’ Hannah with a son, and hence the meaning of the name. In Latinate form, the name became Anna, losing the original 'H' at both ends. Anna also appears briefly in the New Testament (Gospel of Luke) belonging to a devoutly religious prophetess who recognized the baby Jesus as the Messiah. It is often thought, and still believed in Christian tradition, that Anna was the mother of the Virgin Mary (and hence the grandmother of Jesus), but this is not supported in the Bible. The name Anna has been in use since the Middle Ages when many French nuns adopted the name. The Russians, influenced by the Christian Byzantium Empire as well as by their own Jewish populations, adopted the name in their own form: Anya.

Popularity of the Name Anya

Anya first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1980, although she would fall on and off the charts at barely detectable levels until the 21st century. In the past 10+ years, Anya has climbed in popularity going from relative obscurity to light-moderate usage. The name has a distinctive Russian quality (Annushka is another Russian variant of this pretty name). Anya is also a very popular choice among Indians in the United States (i.e., from India as opposed to Native American Indians). Apparently Aanya is the Indian equivalent of Anna (like Anya is the Russian equivalent). It is also said to mean "inexhaustibleness" in Sanskrit which we were unable to confirm, although felt this was a fitting definition given Anya is a Number Five in numerology (i.e., lots of energy!). Princess Anya was also the name of the character played by Audrey Hepburn in the 1953 romantic-comedy film “Roman Holiday” adding a little royal currency to this cosmopolitan name. Anya makes Annie more sophisticated and elegant, and Anya makes Anna worldlier somehow. Anya is pretty, delicate and charming. Since Hannah and Anna are both such hugely popular names in America right now, we think Anya might be an alternative worth considering. Anya can also be considered a pet form of Tanya.
Popularity of the Girl Name Anya
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Anya

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Anya

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Anya

    Anya Ranevskaya (The Cherry Orchard) Anya is a character in Anton Chekhov’s 1904 play, The Cherry Orchard. She is the seventeen year old daughter of Madame Ranevskaya, who arrives home to Russia from Paris with her mother to find that their family estate, including their beloved cherry orchard, is set to be auctioned for debt. Anya is a beautiful and virtuous young girl who tries her best to comfort her mother. Madame Ranevsky is ineffectual, affected as she is by the deaths of her husband and a son, and incapable of making a concerted effort to save her land. Anya is in love with Peter Trofimov, a radical leftist student, emblematic of the beginnings of change within Czarist society. When, through procrastination and inactivity, the estate is sold to a former serf, it is Anya herself who looks toward the future with unbridled eagerness and the glowing hopes of youth. This is not the terrible loss for her that it is for her mother, who immediately repairs back to Paris. As empathetic as she is, young Anya is still ready to get on with life, embrace it in all its shadings and make the most of it. No wonder Trofimov calls her “my sunshine, my spring”.

  • Popular Songs on Anya

    Popular Songs on Anya

    Anya - a song by Deep Purple

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Anya

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Anya

    Annie...Anya: A Month in Moscow (Irene Trivas) - Annie is only five when she and her family flies across the world to Russia. From the moment the family arrives, Annie feels homesick. She can't speak the language and everything seems weird…until she meets Anya and slowly an exchange of language begins. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Anya's War (Andrea Alban Gosline) - Anya Rosen and her family have left their home in Odessa for Shanghai, believing that China will be a safe haven from Hitler’s forces. At first, Anya’s life in the Jewish Quarter of Shanghai is privileged and relatively carefree: she has crushes on boys, fights with her mother, and longs to defy expectations just like her hero, Amelia Earhart. Then Anya finds a baby—a newborn abandoned on the street. Amelia Earhart goes missing. And it becomes dangerously clear that no place is safe—not for Jewish families like the Rosens, not for Shanghai’s poor, not for adventurous women pilots. Based on a true story, here is a rich, transcendent novel about a little-known time in Holocaust history. Recommended for ages 11-14.

    Because of Anya (Margaret Peterson Haddix) - Ten-year-old girls don't wear wigs. So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely wants to know. But when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realizes what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she's not sure how -- and even though it means she'll have to do something she's afraid of: stand up to her friends. As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it ever will. How can she learn to accept her disease when she can't even look in the mirror? Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Little Anya and her BIG Baby Cheetah (Yuberqui Lewis) - Birthday wishes are great, especially when they come true. When little Anya made a wish her 6th birthday, she got much more than she wished for. Good thing Mom is always there to make sure little Anya always learns a lesson. Join little Anya as she gets in to, and out of, the most unpredictable adventures. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Waiting for Anya (Michael Morpurgo) - Jo places his life in danger when he helps protect a growing number of Jewish children who have sought refuge at a reclusive widow's farm. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Anya

    Famous People Named Anya

    Famous People Named Anya - Anya Ayoung-Chee (Project Runway designer); Anya Corke (Hong Kong chess Grand mistress); Anya Gallaccio (Scottish artist); Anya Hindmarch (British accessory designer); Anya Kamenetz (writer); Anya Rozova (America's Next Top Model); Anya Marina (singer-songwriter); Anya Monzikova (model from Deal or No Deal); Anya Seton (author); Anya Taranda (model); Anya Teixeira (photographer); Anya Major (model)

  • Children of Famous People Named Anya

    Children of Famous People Named Anya

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Anya - Stanley Kubrick (film director); Armand Assante (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Anya - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Anya - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Anya.

Personality of the Girl Name Anya

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Anya

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