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GenderFemale, male
Meaning"Graceful", "Inexhaustible", "Rhythm"/"Melody", "Eye"/"Sight"
Other names
See alsoHannah, Anna, Áine

Anya is a feminine given name. It is a unisex name in several African and European countries, as well as India and Russia and has also been used as a surname.

Origins and variant forms[edit]

  • Anya (Аня) is a Russian diminutive of Anna.
  • Ania is the spelling in Polish, which is also a diminutive of Anna.
  • The spelling Anja is common in Croatian, Norwegian, Danish, German, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, Afrikaans, Slovenian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Bosnian, Serbian and Kurdish.
  • Áine is the Irish spelling of the name.
  • Ania is an old Kurdish name. It means "Strength" or "Power".
  • Anya is a Hungarian word for "mother".
  • Anya is a Nigerian Igbo name, and also word for "eye."
  • Anya (ⴰⵏⵢⴰ) is an Amazigh/Berber name. It means " Rhythm " or " Melody " in Berber languages.[1][better source needed]

People with the given name Anya[edit]

  • Anya Ayoung-Chee (born 1981), former Miss Trinidad and Tobago and winner of season 9 of Project Runway
  • Anya Chalotra (born 1996), British actress of Indian origin
  • Anya Corke (born 1990), Woman Grandmaster and the top female chess player in Hong Kong
  • Anya Gallaccio (born 1963), British artist
  • Anya Garnis (born 1982), Siberian Ballroom and Latin Dancer
  • Anya Hindmarch (born 1968), British fashion designer
  • Anya Kamenetz (born 1980), American writer and journalist
  • Anya Lahiri (born 1982), British singer
  • Anja Ringgren Lovén (born 1978), Danish charity worker
  • Anya Major (born 1966), athlete, actress, model and singer
  • Anya Marina (born 1976), American singer-songwriter
  • Anya Monzikova (born 1984), Russian-American model and actress
  • Anya Rozova (born 1989), fashion model, runner-up in America's Next Top Model under the name Anya Kop
  • Anya Schiffrin (born 1962), international business professor at Columbia University
  • Anya Seton (1904–1990), author of historical romances
  • Anya Shrubsole (born 1991), cricketer for Somerset and England
  • Anya Taranda (1915–1970), American model
  • Anya Taylor-Joy (born 1996), Argentinian-British actress
  • Anya Teixeira (1913–1992), Ukrainian-born British street photographer

People with the given name Anja[edit]

  • Anja Andersen (born 1969), Danish handball player
  • Anja Blacha (born 1990), German mountaineer
  • Anja Garbarek (born 1970), Norwegian musician
  • Anja Hammerseng-Edin (born 1983), Norwegian handball player
  • Anja Hazekamp (born 1968), Dutch politician
  • Anja Pärson (born 1981), Swedish alpine skier
  • Anja Plaschg (born 1990), alias Soap&Skin, Austrian musician
  • Anja Rubik (born 1983), Polish fashion model
  • Anja Steinlechner, Austrian-American musician
  • Anja Spasojević (born 1983), Serbian volleyball player
  • Anja Spiegelman, author Art Spiegelman's mother in the graphic novel Maus

People with the given name Ania[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Anya, daughter of the Marvel Comics character Magneto
  • Anya, or Princess Ann, a character in the film Roman Holiday
  • Anya, or Princess Anastasia, protagonist of the 1997 film Anastasia
  • Anya, a character in the video game Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
  • Anya, a character in the video game Project I.G.I.
  • Anya (Star Trek), a character in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Anya Jenkins, a character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Anya, a character in the manga series Negima!
  • Anya Alstreim, character in the anime series Code Geass
  • Anya, a character in the television series The 100
  • Anya Amasova, a character in the film The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Anya Borzakovskaya, a character in the graphic novel Anya's Ghost
  • Anya Claus, a character in the film Santa Claus: The Movie
  • Anya Corazon, a character in Marvel Comics
  • Anya Forger, a character in the manga series Spy × Family
  • Anya Hepburn, a character in the manga series Soul Eater Not!
  • Anya MacPherson in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Anya Oliwa, a character in the video game Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Anya Stroud, a character in the video game Gears of War
  • Ania Williams, a character in the soap opera Family Affairs

People with the surname Anya[edit]

  • Ikechi Anya (born 1988), Scottish professional footballer

See also[edit]


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