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newby2 Wed 07-Nov-12 13:53:21

Any thoughts?

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

Lovely name! smile

QuietNinjaTardis Wed 07-Nov-12 13:55:23

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!

TheEnglishWomanInTheAttic Wed 07-Nov-12 15:53:51

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.

surroundedbyblondes Wed 07-Nov-12 17:30:19


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)

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