Anja or Anya?

(23 Posts)
Chocolocolate Fri 11-Mar-11 20:18:17


What do people think of Anja?

I like the sound of the name but am unsure of the Anja spelling, however DH says that Anya is the incorrect spelling.

RedFlagHag Fri 11-Mar-11 20:19:32

Lovely name.

I would probably spell it Anya (or Aine, which is Gaelic and is pronounced more like Awn-ya). But Anja is lovely, too. It has more of an Eastern European vibe to the spelling, imo. Is that accurate?

RitaMorgan Fri 11-Mar-11 20:21:44

I prefer the Anja spelling, but I think most English speakers will be more familiar/comfortable with Anya so she may do a lot of spelling and correcting her name.

Either spelling is "correct" though.

Chocolocolate Fri 11-Mar-11 20:37:19

Does anyone have any middle name suggestions to go with Anja/Anya?

I did like Charlotte as a middle name but the the initials would be ACH.

RitaMorgan Fri 11-Mar-11 20:38:04

What's wrong with ACH?

Chocolocolate Fri 11-Mar-11 20:39:09

Makes me think of ache.

shmoz Fri 11-Mar-11 20:55:05

redflag you are correct, it's from Russia.
I know a couple of Anias (Polish spelling), but Anya is the more popular spelling in UK.

IMO ach sounds like a throat being cleared (sorry)

<runs away>

cowboylover Fri 11-Mar-11 21:39:25

I think Anya is a really nice name and would go with the more UK spelling but as other posted said I think both spellings are correct.

Those initials are not too bad but if you are not comfortable with them you will always notice! How many syllables does your surname have?

Chocolocolate Fri 11-Mar-11 21:46:13

Surname is Holmes.

Umnitsa Sat 12-Mar-11 00:16:23

I like Anya although prefer it as a nickname to Anna / Anne rather than a full name.

I know Anja and she is Indian, I think it is a nickname for Anjali and pronounced Ahn-dzha.

madwomanintheattic Sat 12-Mar-11 00:28:55

mine is anya elise. smile

quite a few people say 'on-ya' or 'awn-ya'. we have had people spell it anja too, and we have another girl with a -ya name, which also gets -ja spellings. i think it's inevitable, but not too much bother tbh.

anya is just the anglicised form.

we only know one other who is 8 years older (and ours is 7yo) although i think it is becoming more common in some places. not here though. <shrugs>

we like it. grin

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PepsiPopcorn Sat 12-Mar-11 10:24:39

Anya is the Russian spelling, Anja is Scandinavian/German/Dutch/Serbian, Ania is Polish.

PepsiPopcorn Sat 12-Mar-11 10:26:14

BTW I prefer Anya as it's easiest for English-speakers to read.

Underachieving Sat 12-Mar-11 13:22:32

Anja is cute but Anya is an easier life for her.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sat 12-Mar-11 13:25:21

I prefer Anja, but most people would probably pronounce it An-jar <shakes head>

alexaj Mon 14-Mar-11 20:08:23

Use a 'y' unless you want people mispronouncing it for all time.

Wafflenose Mon 14-Mar-11 20:55:53

My sister is Ania Elaine

Chocolocolate Thu 17-Mar-11 15:44:47

I'm pleased with the positive reaction.

Still struggling with a middle name. I really like the name Elizabeth. Would..

Anja Charlotte Elizabeth Holmes

... be too much?

Elizabeth is not a family name - just one I like.


Anja Madeleine Holmes.

Again, Madeleine is just a name I like.

Family names could be Gillian, Shirley, Janet or Marcia - non of which I'm keen on. Charlotte is a close cousin's name which is I'm keen to use it.

Does anyone have any other ideas that sound good?

It's early days (8+5) but Anja (possibly Anya) is our favourite girls name by far.

ValiumSingleton Thu 17-Mar-11 21:42:14

Anya looks like the right spelling to me. If I saw Anja I'd think you were Polish (maybe?!)

Anya is lovely though, good choice no matter how you spell it imo

singingmum Thu 17-Mar-11 21:47:18

My dd's name with j not y is fine only one person called her an-jar but she was an idiot receptionist at docs who often pronounces names wrong to annoy.Most people have sense to ask first.
My dd(10yrs) loves that her name is different and likes to explain it as makes her feel extra special smile

Edmundo Fri 18-Mar-11 22:24:40

Definitely Anya. It just looks right.

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