I am from Germany and my name is Anja and it is pronounced Ann-yah. You can hear the correct pronunciation by clicking the link below :)
AN-ya (Swedish, Croatian, Serbian, German, Polish), AHN-yah (Finnish), AHN-yə (English)
I love this spelling of Anya so much! It is the German way to spell it, I believe.
Anja Gallandro from Star Wars.
My little sister's name is Anja. It is pronounced On-yah. There aren't many nicknames out there for the name Anja, but we call her Anja bear or onion.
Anja Nissen, sometimes known as simply Anja, is a Danish-Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. She is the winner of the third series of The Voice. She is signed to Universal Music Group and lists her influences as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Stevie Wonder. In 2015, Nissen was the support act for Olly Murs on his Australian Never Been Better tour.
Anja Rubik is a Polish model. Rubik was born in Rzeszów, Poland. In 1988 she and her family moved to Greece. They later moved to Canada and to Umtata, South Africa. Among the schools she attended was one in Częstochowa, Poland. Rubik was introduced to modeling while attending a British high school in Paris. She wanted to finish her schooling before officially becoming a model, and so only worked on school holidays. Her mother, father and sister still reside in Poland.
My name is Anjia, pronounced Onya. I haven't found this spelling anywhere. I'm told I was named after Miss Sweden from a Miss universe pageant! Anja is the closest I've come so I'll go by this information!
Anja Sofia Tess Pärson is a Swedish former alpine skier. She is an Olympic gold medalist, seven-time gold medalist at the World Championships, and two-time overall Alpine Skiing World Cup champion. She has won a total of 42 World Cup races.
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).

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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): [noted -ed]
Anja means Angel in portuguese.
In Portuguese Anja is pronounced AHN-zha.
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?
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.
The name Anja was given to 87 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Anja Louise Mazur is the daughter of American businessman Jamie Mazur and model Alessandra Ambrosio.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio's daughter's name is Anja.
It's a form of Ana in Croatia as well. [noted -ed]
Ah-yah is correct. If you want to pronounce it ah-jah then spell it an?a.
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]
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.
It's also quite common in Poland.
I think it sounds a lot better with the "J" pronounced as a "Y", the way it's supposed to.
I love this name. But, I would rather pronounce it like it is spelled. (AN-JUH) Wouldn't you?
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.
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.
Famous bearer is Anja Pärson, a Swedish skier.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Anja here:
I know a girl called Anja. We pronounce it AN-yah (Norwegian).
I sometimes call my younger sister, Anna, "Anja". She hates it, but I love saying it!
Anja is a Russian female name meaning GRACE OF GOD. The nickname or pet name is Anjuschka.
It is pronounced as UNN-yah.

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