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Pronounciation of Anya

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floatyflo Sun 02-Mar-14 07:11:10

How would you say it?

I thought it was literally Ann-ya but after my thread last night I've realised this may not be correct and that's it's meant to be more of an Ahn-ya!

RoganJosh Sun 02-Mar-14 07:14:04

I would say Ann-ya. The two I've known have been that way.

BusinessUnusual Sun 02-Mar-14 07:14:55

I would say Ann-ya.

CommanderShepard Sun 02-Mar-14 07:27:09

Anya in Buffy was Arn-yuh but I think that's more of an American pronunciation. Everywhere else I've heard it it's Ann-yuh.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 02-Mar-14 12:51:30


Ahn-ya is more an American way of pronouncing it.

meerschweinchen Sun 02-Mar-14 12:54:15

Ann-ya. German spelling is Anja, but pronounced Ann-ya. I've never heard Ahnya before. Sounds horrible, but pronounced Annya, it's one of my favourite names!

anja1cam Sun 02-Mar-14 13:01:12

I'm with Meerschweinchen on this one. My name is pronounced thus (Ann-ya) and all English speaking people spell it Anya by default. So that might be the majority version. American version is nearly Ohn-yah to me and I never asked myself how it would be spelled,so 'Anya' is a bit of a surprise smile...

TidyDancer Sun 02-Mar-14 14:53:47

I've only ever known it as Ann-ya. It's missing an h or r after the A to turn it to the other pronounciation.

DramaAlpaca Sun 02-Mar-14 16:58:44


Dukketeater Sun 02-Mar-14 22:09:37

I know two Ann-ya

Ruprekt Sun 02-Mar-14 22:10:16


OinkGlitter Sun 02-Mar-14 22:37:28

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steppemum Sun 02-Mar-14 22:49:24

Actually Ahn-ya is also Russian pronunciation.

arabellarubberplant Sun 02-Mar-14 22:52:23

Yup. Ours is Ann ya. But we moved to North America and so she is destined to have to correct everyone or put up with the inconsistency for life, now. grin

Mind you, you should hear everyone mangle her sister's name....

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 02-Mar-14 22:52:26

My sil is Russian and doesn't pronounce it Ahn-ya but suppose there must be some variance in accents

MrsRuffdiamond Sun 02-Mar-14 22:56:21

A friend of mine has an dd, name spelled 'Anya', but pronounced 'Onya'.

I believe there is a paternal Irish connection!

Cuxibamba Sun 02-Mar-14 22:59:13


CeliaLytton Sun 02-Mar-14 23:03:22

Ann ya. The only version I have heard pronounced Awn ya is the Irish spelling Aine.

Lovely name.

winterhat Sun 02-Mar-14 23:54:05


NanaNina Mon 03-Mar-14 01:08:56

My beautiful grand daughter is called Anya (yes definitely Ann ya) I think it is Russian in origin. It was a toss between Anya and Katya which is also a lovely name I think - remember that name in Dr. Zhivago. Oh and Lara from that film too.

hannahlb4884 Mon 03-Mar-14 14:37:24

I have always heard it pronounced ANN-ya.

moomin35 Sun 09-Mar-14 22:48:03

I always say arn-ya!

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