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Aya is also a Swedish pet form of the name Marie - spelt Aja but pronounced Aya. It also comes from a northern part of Spain, Catalonia. It is also Hebrew meaning "little bird" and is Arabic meaning "miracle".
-- ayasophia  2/7/2005
Most likely pronounced as IE-a or EYE-a, rhyming with the end part of the word Papaya.
-- Ciarda  10/13/2005
Extremely common name in Japan among the under 30 crowd (older crowd has its share of women named Ayako).

There are MANY kanji possibilities for this name. Here are just a few:
worship (this kanji can also be pronounced Takashi if it's for a boy)
writings (this is a relatively simple character)
intricately woven threads (extremely detailed)
has allusions to the concept of relationships as well - this is the character for Aya in famous authour Ayako Miura's name. Shiokari Pass and a few of her other books are actually translated into English. She died just a few years ago, but was a very famous authour in Japan and wrote many books and poems. She was from Hokkaido and had struggled with TB. I have read the English translation of her biography (as well as a couple of her other books) and it is very good.
-- abbasdaughter  12/26/2005
Famous bearer is Aya Matsuura, a Japanese teen idol.
-- Anonymous User  3/26/2006
Aya Mikage is the main character of Watase Yu's manga 'Ayashi no Ceres'.
-- Belldandy  7/13/2006
A character from the anime "Kodocha" is called Aya.
-- Anonymous User  7/14/2006
Aya is an Adinkra symbol from the Akan, an ethnic group in Ghana, West Africa. The symbol represents the "fern" as a sign of endurance and resourcefulness.
-- sandra-aya  7/19/2006
Aya is popular in Israel too and the meaning is Ereth Israel Hashlema.
-- lizka  9/20/2006
Aya in Creek means saint.
-- mak  10/22/2006
A famous bearer of the name Aya is Aya Ishiguro, former member of Hello! Project group Morning Musume.
-- ketsuekitsubasa  11/8/2006
In Naruto, during the episode with Sakura and Ino's batle during the preliminaries of the Chuunin exams, during one of the flahsbacks there was a girl named Aya who picked on Sakura.
-- LaLaKisekiChan  1/31/2007
Aya's the name of the protaganist of Square-Enix's PS1 game, Parasite Eve.
-- Anonymous User  3/10/2007
I know a girl named Aya, it's a very pretty name. I like it because it's short and simple.
-- Eee  6/13/2007
Aya is the main character of Scott Westerfeld's soon-to-be-released book 'Extras', a companion to his 'Uglies' trilogy.
-- Anonymous User  7/28/2007
In the manga Kare Kano, there is a girl named Aya who is skilled at sewing.
-- Evil  10/13/2007
There is a Hebrew variation "A'ya" which means, "to fly swiftly".
-- Dravinus  10/17/2007
I have a cousin named Alicia whose nickname is Aya. I wasn't sure what the name meant in reference to her (I thought it had something to do with the Ayah from The Secret Garden), but now that I know it's Japanese, I understand where she got it. She likes the language of Japanese (she's really into animes and mangas and always draws anime-style characters), and the meaning of "color" or "design" suits her well. It sounds like an artistic girl who can go between two different types of behavior, crazy and silly or dead-serious, both of them suiting her equally well (this is what my cousin does). I'd definitely use it.
-- Pippin  3/16/2008
AYA is the stage name of the guitarist from Mix speaker's inc. (known as Even pheonix, Fire Kyoncie, etc.) and previously Psycho le Cemu.
-- Mr.Mr.Kozi  7/16/2008
Aya Hirano who plays the voice or Haruhi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a famous bearer.
-- sakura_akiko  7/23/2008
Aya Fuse is the main character in the book Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
-- bibi66  2/27/2009
So pretty, simple, uncommon, and sweet. I'd definitely use it.
-- -Julia-  10/10/2009
In Korean, I believe "Aya!" is an expression of pain, the equivalent of the English "ow!"
-- Anonymous User  10/15/2009
This is also an Arabic girls name. It comes from the Quran and means "sign", "miracle" or "verse".
-- ala  10/22/2009
Aya Ueto is a famous Japanese actress.
-- Dianaisme12  12/13/2009
I know a girl named Alyssa whose friends sometimes call her "Aya" (pronounced eye-uh). I'm not sure where the nickname came from, but a lot of people call her that.
-- sarah_withanH  3/20/2010
Aya is a character in the Touhou project.
-- Dianaisme12  8/29/2010
A-ya is also Cherokee for "Me".
-- Adonis122  9/12/2010
Aya is not strictly a Japanese name. It's also a Hebrew name, albeit an uncommon one. My name is Aya, not a nickname for anything, and I am neither Japanese nor Jewish.
-- Anonymous User  1/12/2011
Aya is a character in the whimsical movie Absurdistan. I like it, but it kind of reminds me of the sound Hi-AH that appears in karate movies.
-- katherinek15  6/5/2011
Also a Hebrew name meaning 'bird'.
-- gabbygrace1915  12/3/2011
There is a beautiful song by blues-garage band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) called Aya.

Also, in the House of Night books, the main character's Native American heritage is often cited and she is sometimes referred to as A-ya, which means (if I remember correctly) "Me" in the language of the tribe she's from.
-- she_assassin  2/10/2013
Aya is a female name with multiple meanings in different languages. Aya (あや, アヤ) is a common female Japanese given name. Meaning "Design" "Art" or "Beautiful" Aya is also an Arabic female name written as آية meaning "sign", "miracle", or "verse." A'ya is also in use in the Hebrew language and means "to fly swiftly." or "Bird"
In Old German, Aya means sword
There are several alternative spellings including Ayah and Aiya.
There is also an African Adinkra symbol called an Aya which is a fern, it is a symbol of endurance and resourcefulness.
In the Raute language of Nepal, Aya refers to one's sister-in-law, meaning the wife of one's elder or younger brother. The word's origin comes from Proto-Tibeto-Burman ’ay (alternate form yay) meaning mother.
-- kidney136  10/26/2013
Aya Kawai (彩, born 1975), Japanese figure skater
Aya Kitō (亜也, 1962–1988), Japanese writer
Aya Hirano (綾, born 1987), Japanese voice actress
Aya Hirayama (あや, born 1984), Japanese actress
Aya Hisakawa (綾, born 1968), Japanese voice actress
Aya Ishiguro (彩, born 1978), Japanese singer (former Morning Musume)
Aya Kamikawa (あや (born 1968), ), a Japanese politician
Aya Kamiki (彩矢, born 1985), Japanese singer
Aya Matsuura (亜弥, born 1986), Japanese singer
Aya Ōmasa (大政 絢, born 1991), Japanese model and actress
Aya Sugimoto (彩, born 1968), Japanese actress
Aya Sumika (born 1980), American actress
Aya Ueto (彩, born 1985), Japanese actress
Aya (artist) (亜矢), a Japanese singer
Aya Miyama (born 1985), Japanese soccer player
Aya Sameshima (born 1987), Japanese soccer player
Naoki "Aya" Okawa, guitarist of Japanese group Psycho le Cému
Aya Terakawa (born 1984), Japanese backstroke swimmer
Aya (Queen), Ancient Egyptian king's wife during the 18th century BC
Lysa Aya Trenier.
-- kidney136  10/26/2013
Could be a nice nickname for the unique unisex name Nayab/Nayaab.
-- Anonymous User  6/5/2014
I love this name! Pretty yet simple, lyrical and blithe sounding. I imagine this name belonging on a shy, but spunky and quirky girl with an artistic flare and a great sense of humor. And it is very uncommon where I live so that's a bonus. I just really, really love this name!
-- MusicBelle  8/10/2014
Aya is a character in Superflat First Love and it's sequel Superflat Monogram, which are animated Louis Vuitton advertisements Takashi Murakami made.
-- Anonymous User  1/10/2015
Aya is the name of the green-haired ninja in Pokémon.
-- emilydominko  4/17/2015
Aya Hiroshige, a singer known for the song "The Shining Road" which is used in Sonic X.
-- Anonymous User  6/28/2015

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