(43 Posts)
newby2 Wed 07-Nov-12 13:53:21

Any thoughts?

RobinSparkles Wed 07-Nov-12 13:54:13

Lovely name! smile

I like it. Reminds me of buffy the vampire slayer though.

Gwennan Wed 07-Nov-12 14:28:28

Quite like it but it's not my favourite version of Ann. Think that honour goes to either Anna, Annabel, Anaïs or Anouk!

MolotovBomb Wed 07-Nov-12 15:41:49

I absolutely love Anya. It has a strong yet very feminine tone. Isn't it the Russian equivalent of 'Anne', therefore meaning 'grace/graceful'?

<nips off to check>

MolotovBomb Wed 07-Nov-12 15:43:23

Yeah, I'm bang-on


MamaMary Wed 07-Nov-12 15:48:03

What about Aine?

lovethesun1 Wed 07-Nov-12 15:48:27

Love it!

Its nice, we live in Germany and I only know of it spelt Annja - is Anya and Anglicism or the spelling from another language?

diddl Wed 07-Nov-12 16:06:59

I also like it.

ILovePonyo Wed 07-Nov-12 16:09:48

I have an Anya! grin I often get asked if my family is Russian/eastern european as it is quite a popular name there though (the answer is no)

LadyMargolotta Wed 07-Nov-12 16:10:56

Anya is an acceptable spelling in many countries, so is Anja. I knew a german Anya. It's normally a diminutive of Anne.

Pretty name.

newby2 Wed 07-Nov-12 16:11:06

Anya is Russian and also from Sanskrit meaning unstoppable. Believe me, if it's a girl it'll be a whirlwind from the movements in the womb!

Aine is nice but a completely different name and we aren't Irish so no one will be able to pronounce it here! I don't think there's an Anglicism for it apart from Anna.

Gwennan, I hear you but it's not Ann I'd like to name her or any derivative. Anya is closer to Anna and a little more interesting we think?

Leeds2 Wed 07-Nov-12 17:27:48

I think Anya is lovely.


aufaniae Wed 07-Nov-12 19:35:36

Love the name Anya.

Anouk has been a favourite of mine for a while too smile

wishiwasonholiday Wed 07-Nov-12 19:37:28

I know of a dog called Anouk so that name makes me think of her. Anya is lovely.

Yama Wed 07-Nov-12 19:40:47

Love, love, love it!

If ds had been a dd he would've been Anya. Well, if I would've had to persuade dh but I reckon I could've.

VolumeOfACone Wed 07-Nov-12 19:51:52

It is a great name. smile

JambalayaCodfishPie Wed 07-Nov-12 19:54:11

V v v nice. smile

MaryAstor Wed 07-Nov-12 20:36:25

Now the issue with this name is the pronounciation.

Are you going for Ahh-nyah or Ann-yah? And do you care if she gets called the other by people sometimes?

ecuse Wed 07-Nov-12 20:43:58

Love it

newby2 Wed 07-Nov-12 21:30:52

Mary- good point. Ann-yah ideally but I'm not some-one who's bothered by prnounciation by people. As long as it sounds near to the name it's fine with us. Different accents- different pronunciations.

diddl Wed 07-Nov-12 21:41:08

Some people pronounce it Ahh-nyah??!!

MaryAstor Wed 07-Nov-12 22:08:18

Yeah, I know an Anya pronounced 'Ahh-nyah'. (Possibly better rendered phonetically as 'Arn-yer' now I look at it)

LoveYouForeverMyBaby Wed 07-Nov-12 22:57:06

I would pronounce it "ahhn yah" like the buffy character.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 07-Nov-12 22:59:42

Like it. We have too many Ann-type names in our family already or it would have been on my short list for sure.

Rachelbow Wed 07-Nov-12 22:59:47


javotte Thu 08-Nov-12 08:36:12

I love it! It is DD2's middle name, chosen by DH because it was also the name of a Berber princess.

CzarChasm Thu 08-Nov-12 09:21:02

I really like it, I used to work with an extremely intelligent and beautiful Anya. She was Russian and pronounced it Ahn-yah so that's how I've been saying it - is that incorrect?

seabuckthorn Thu 08-Nov-12 17:19:44

Lovely nane

seabuckthorn Thu 08-Nov-12 17:19:54

Name even!

Dillydollydaydream Fri 09-Nov-12 10:21:12

Really like it.

michellec1302 Fri 09-Nov-12 11:24:48

Lovely name. Knew a british born Anya who had a Finnish mother, and have known several Polish ladies named Anna but who are nicknamed Anya / Anja. Just giving different backgrounds that I'm aware of! Really nice name. Like someone else has said - strong yet feminine.

Everlong Fri 09-Nov-12 13:16:16

I've never been keen sorry.

Very harsh sounding to me.

Love Anna though.

Frikadellen Fri 09-Nov-12 17:42:13

I dont like it.. Growing up in Denmark I knew a few and it has BAD associations for me..

Clawdy Fri 09-Nov-12 19:10:27

Beautiful. DS2 was going to be an Anya if a girl! It's the name of the lovely daughter in "The Cherry Orchard".

qumquat Thu 15-Nov-12 20:07:43

Americans would pronounce it arnya, just like they say pahsta, but I can't imagine any British people doing it. Love the name!

witchitagrub Thu 15-Nov-12 20:09:42

I find it bit 'meh' though I don't know why

PrannyHamster Thu 15-Nov-12 20:15:57

I love it, on the proviso that it goes with your surname. For some reason I think there are some really "Englishy" surnames it might not suit. But since that's a bit of a non-problem, I say go for it!

Rosiesharples Thu 15-Nov-12 20:54:05


Dandelion75 Thu 15-Nov-12 21:25:15

Love it - pronounced 'Ann-ya'?

Would borrow that one if it worked with my partners ridiculously clunky surname!

B1ueberryMuff1n Thu 15-Nov-12 23:17:55

I think it's beautiful.

how is it perceived in Denmark then??

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