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It is pronounced as UNN-yah.
-- Ylva  1/11/2006
Anja is a Russian female name meaning GRACE OF GOD. The nickname or pet name is Anjuschka.
-- elffire  4/6/2006
I sometimes call my younger sister, Anna, "Anja". She hates it, but I love saying it!
-- Pheadirean  6/4/2006
I know a girl called Anja. We pronounce it AN-yah (Norwegian).
-- Anonymous User  8/24/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Anja here:
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
Famous bearer is Anja Pärson, a Swedish skier.
-- someone006  10/21/2006
I love this name. But, I would rather pronounce it like it is spelled. (AN-JUH) Wouldn't you?
-- Taydbug112  12/7/2006
I love the way that this name looks and sounds; "AHN-yah" just rolls off of the tongue beautifully.

That may be how "j" is pronounced in English, but not in the Germanic and Slavic langages (damn the lack of rules in English pronunciation). "AHN-jah", I'm sorry, but that just throws it away.
-- gaelruadh19  1/19/2007
I think this name is gorgeous, especially with the Scandinavian j in it. I'm not sure what about that appeals to me, but I think it makes it look wonderful.

And: You must remember, Taydbug112, that the entire world does not abide by the rules of your language English. In the languages that this name originates in, the j makes the "y" sound and it is perfectly correct.
-- CamilleTheGreat  6/3/2007
I think it sounds a lot better with the "J" pronounced as a "Y", the way it's supposed to.
-- rain-angel03  12/21/2006
It's also quite common in Poland.
-- Anonymous User  12/2/2007
Perhaps not so famous a bearer is one of my favourite models, Anja Rubik, who was born in Poland in 1985. Stunning name, and I agree: I much prefer the name pronounced with a Y.
-- foolsinlove  12/29/2007
I love this name, I hear it's quite popular in Germany, so I wonder how come it's not listed as also being a German name on BtN. [noted -ed]
-- anjastt9  2/15/2009
Ah-yah is correct. If you want to pronounce it ah-jah then spell it an?a.
-- Anonymous User  8/27/2009
It's a form of Ana in Croatia as well. [noted -ed]
-- goricar  3/1/2010
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio's daughter's name is Anja.
-- mirandakaminski  4/16/2010
Anja Louise Mazur is the daughter of American businessman Jamie Mazur and model Alessandra Ambrosio.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2012
The name Anja was given to 87 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
I'm British and my name is Anja, pronounced ANN-YAH. My main bugbear is the common mistake people in my country make pronouncing it as ANN-JAH. Even at my graduation. But what can you do?
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2014
My youngest is named Anja, and sadly the other commenter was correct about English pronunciation rules/lack thereof. Such a beautiful name! But hacked to bits. Of course, no one here speaks Scandic/Germanic languages, so if you're in America and are thinking about Anja, consider Anya or Ania.
-- VikingMom  9/21/2014
In Portuguese Anja is pronounced AHN-zha.
-- kaykay_  7/29/2015
Anja means Angel in portuguese.
-- Anonymous User  8/22/2015
The name Anja is also commonly used in the Netherlands: in 2014, there was a total of 7868 bearers (of all ages) in the entire country. The popularity of the name was at its absolute high in 1966: that year, approximately 358 newborn Dutch girls were given the name. For more information, please see:

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The name is also in use in Belgium: according to the website listed below, in 2009 there was a total of 9240 bearers (of all ages) in the entire country. Out of those, 8907 lived in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of the country) and 234 in Wallonia (the French-speaking part).

- (in Dutch)

Known Dutch and Belgian bearers of the name include:

- the Dutch writer and former politician Anja Meulenbelt (b. 1945):
- the Dutch politician Anja Hazekamp (b. 1968):
- the Dutch novelist Anja Sicking (b. 1965):
- the Belgian former athlete Anja Smolders (b. 1973):
- the Belgian radio and television host Anja Daems (b. 1968):
-- Lucille  10/10/2015

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