Anya is a feminine given name. It is also found as a surname.

Origins and variant forms

  • Anya (Аня) is a Russian diminutive of Anna, derived from Hannah which means "gracious" or "bringing goodness" in the original Hebrew language.
  • 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, Slovenian, Macedonian and Serbian.
  • Áine is the Irish spelling of the name.
  • Anya in Sanskrit is either a word meaning "inexhaustibility" or a pronoun meaning "other" or "another person" (it also has this meaning in Hindi).
  • Aanya is a common spelling of this name in India.
  • Anya in Hungarian means mother (other forms: édesanya, anyu, anyuka, anyuci).
  • Inya along with 'mama' means mother in some sub-ethnic languages of the Luhya ethnic group of Kenya.
  • Anya means "eye" in the Igbo language of Nigeria.

People with the given name Anya

People with the given name Anja

People with the given name Ania

Fictional characters

People with the surname Anya