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The first name 

Anya is a female first name.

Anya – popular and common in the US!

The name Anya isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all girls names, Anya ranks 496. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn girls, approximately 4 were named Anya. If you polled the whole US population – children, adults and seniors – you’d find less than one in 10,000 to be named Anya.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Anya mean?

Anya is the Russian diminutive of Anna, derived from the Hebrew name Channah meaning ‘favour, grace’.

In the U.S., this name is in use since the late 1970s.

Anya has 4 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is the most popular first letter for girls’ names. 11.8% of all common girls’ names in the US start with this letter. The second most common first letter in girls' names is S.

With four letters, the name Anya is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 11.8% of all girls' names start with an A, this initial letter occurs over three times as often as all other letters on average. And, by the way, of all the girls' names that begin with the letter A, the name Ashley is the most common.

Other names with 
A, n, y and a

If you take all the letters in the name Anya – A, n, y and a – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Anay or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Anya

If your name is Anya and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Anya

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Anya, you can simply say:





This is how the name Anya is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Anya in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Anya

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Anya is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Anya

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Anya sounds like this: