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Judging by the steady increase in popularity, in conjunction with the years, it seems as though it is a direct realtion the the character ANYA from tv's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Personally, after Willow, she was my favorite female character on the show. It is a beautifully exotic sounding name. Her full name on the show was ANYANKA, ans she was a vengeance demon-turned-human.
-- clowder8  4/11/2005
It is the name given to Anastasia in the film "Anastasia".
-- 6diablesse6  8/4/2005
Anya can also mean "Mother, Maternal, Parent or Queen" in Hungarian.
-- Ciarda  10/19/2005
"Anya" is the name of the princess that Audrey Hepburn plays in the movie "Roman Holiday".
-- sineadleigh  4/19/2006
Anya is the name of a model on NBC's Deal or No Deal.
-- LimeGreen  11/28/2006
You could also spell it 'Annia'.
-- bibi66  12/28/2006
His name is Anoup. My name is Priya. If I have a baby girl I will name her ANYA. His first two words and my last two. Saw the meaning "Gracious" in Russian. The very mentioning of the name makes my lips curve to a heartfelt smile.
-- toughbull  1/19/2007
My name is Anna and I like Anya much better. It has a softer sound to it, but at the same time it belongs to a stronger person.
-- YMPvt  3/4/2007
This is the name of the youngest daughter in Anton Chekhov's play "The Cherry Orchard."
-- lisjose  5/2/2007
Prounounced AHN-yah.
-- JuliaF  7/10/2007
I think it's funny that people assume (because of Buffy) that Anya is a nickname for Anyanka. It would actually be the other way around. Anyanka would be a Russian pet form of Anya.
-- Anonymous User  7/13/2007
Anya Seton (1904-1990) was an excellent author of historical novels during the period 1941-1975. All of her books were bestsellers. She was christened Ann but adopted Anya as her pen name.
-- queenv  10/3/2007
Anya is a pretty name. I know it is a form of Anna. I also feel that it could still be used to honor Tanya or Tonya. I think that would be a cute way to honor those other names as well.
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2008
My name's Anna and I go by Anya about half the time. I think it's very sweet and would be lovely as a given name. I love that it works in many different languages.
-- anya_kiki  4/26/2008
Anya is my name, and I have always loved it! It is soft, easy to say, and not too long. Although, some people do have trouble pronouncing it; I get called 'AW-nya' a lot.
-- AnyaLee  7/8/2008
I would love to give this name to my daughter, I'm from Czech Republic and here is name the Anna from which is the name Anya derived really common.
-- janabuchtova  8/25/2008
I'm an aspiring writer and my main character nickname is Anya. It suits a strong and intelligent person and I really like it.
-- SebastianCharlie4evr  1/25/2009
Anya is a name I'm very fond of.
Short, Sweet, and let's not forget gorgeous and beautiful. I love this name.
-- italiannames  11/4/2009
Anya is a young woman residing in Harrogath (Act V, the special added-on act) in Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. She identifies items in Cain's place and will sell unidentified items. After beating the Act, she will personalize a weapon with the player's name.
-- Lily_le_Fae  12/28/2009
Runner-up for America's Next Top Model Cycle 10. She's Russian-Hawaiian.
-- mattaliano  1/14/2010
I like the name Anya, it is sweet and delicate.
-- Alora  1/25/2010
I LOVE the name Anya! If I ever have a daughter I want to name her this, it's such a pretty name! :]
-- Anonymous User  2/28/2010
Very sweet name. Wonderful alternative to the pretty but played out Anna.
-- Chrila96  12/12/2010
An absolutely lovely name!
-- blueeyes16  1/9/2012
Anya Kop was the runner-up on the 10th season of "America's Next Top Model".
-- Anonymous User  3/11/2012
This is the name of the main character of the Cathy Cassidy book, Angel Cake.
-- Hushpuppy  4/12/2012
On the American television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", Anya Jenkins is a main character (played by actress Emma Caulfield).
-- Anonymous User  7/19/2012

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