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Which name - Anya or Maia?
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onewoollymammoth · 30/07/2022 20:45

Please help - we have our baby due in two weeks and still can't decide which name to choose!

I liked Anya (Pronounced Ann-ya) as it seems underused and is sweet and short yet still a bit exotic, but Maia (pronounced My-a) has always been on my list because it has some beautiful meanings and is soft and sweet but seems to have got very popular lately, and I'm worried about it being misspelt and mispronounced a lot which I don't want my daughter to constantly have problems with.

Overall I wanted a short, sweet, pretty name, not too common, easy to say and spell and with a beautiful meaning.

Which do you think is the nicest name overall and why?

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LunaLemon · 30/07/2022 20:47

If you spell it Maia it will definitely be misspelt tbh. I’d spell it Maya if you go for that.

Prefer Anya though

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Topsy1976 · 30/07/2022 20:48

Anya is lovely - more unusual and easier to pronounce IMO! Congrats on your baby.

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KylieCharlene · 30/07/2022 20:50

Anya is beautiful.
Maia has issues with pronunciation and spelling.

(I also love Ananya)

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Titsflyingsouth · 30/07/2022 20:52

Anya is lovely

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Whatever00 · 30/07/2022 20:54

I like Anya. It's easy to say and spell. I also like Amaya.

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onewoollymammoth · 30/07/2022 21:13

Thanks for the suggestions. Anya seems to be the preferred option so far

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Moby715 · 30/07/2022 21:59

Anya for me. It’s beautiful.

I like Maia also but have only know people with this spelling pronounce it may-a.

for your preferred pronunciation I’d go for Mya as the spelling.

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Fivebeanchilli · 30/07/2022 22:34

I love Maia and would pronounce it the same as you - but I do think a lot of people wouldn't.
Anya is beautiful and there are fewer issues with it (though I think quite a few would say Ahn - ya).
I would pick Anya.

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CharlotteOH · 30/07/2022 22:45

Both lovely, my preference is for Anya.

Just going to throw these out there too
Ayla
Alys

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PancakesWithCheese · 30/07/2022 22:49

Anya, I love this name. I don’t like Maia at all, but also it’s really popular (in whichever spelling), I feel like I hear it a lot so Anya would be a nice change.

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DramaAlpaca · 30/07/2022 23:03

I much prefer Anya.

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RuthW · 30/07/2022 23:16

Anya. Only one way to day it unlike the other name.

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Enko · 31/07/2022 10:13

Well, I will be unusual and say I much prefer Maia I like that spelling too.

I've known quite a few Anya / Anja's and frankly none of them gives me good memories.

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SunshineAndFizz · 31/07/2022 10:23

Anya.

Nicer name and less likely to get wrong pronunciation (I'd pronounce that May-a).

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bloominglovelyorange · 31/07/2022 14:54

Another vote for Anya
one of my favourites

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Amdone123 · 31/07/2022 15:05

Anya.
I like your spelling of Maia. It's so popular though ( at least Mya is ).

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Cloud16 · 31/07/2022 15:24

I like Maia. I'd pronounce it the same as you. It's like the name Kai, its the same 'ai' that sounds like 'i' rather than 'ay'. So I'd say its easy to know how to pronounce imo. You could go Mya to be safe though, but not as pretty written down.

I always struggle with Ann YAAA. Doesn't roll off the tongue for me.

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hattie43 · 31/07/2022 15:28

Maia is beautiful

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FlissyPaps · 31/07/2022 15:30

Love both of these names.

Anya is on my list for girls. With “Maia” you may get people pronouncing it “May-a”.

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Cathpot · 31/07/2022 15:38

I am a teacher and this year taught 3 girls pronounced ‘mee ya’ ( Maya) ‘my a’ (Maya) - and ‘may a’ ( Mia) . It’s my number one ‘pause and think’ moment taking a register ( along with Cian which for no good reason puts me into a slight brain melt)
I would go with Anya- less common and easy to get right.

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PraiseBee · 31/07/2022 15:42

Anya - love it

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Squidgoals · 31/07/2022 16:11

Anya's a really lovely name but Maia's better, but then my DD1 is named Maia so I'm biased. We had very few issues with the spelling and pronunciation - she got a few birthday cards for somebody called 'Mia' and a friend of mine used to call her 'Mayer' for no good reason, but that was it.
She was born in 2001 and is yet to meet another Maia her age, I'm not sure how she'll feel about her name becoming popular!

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MrsB902 · 31/07/2022 16:32

They are both lovely names but I LOVE Anya. This was on my list but we ended up having a boy. Congratulations on your baby ❤️

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WomanHere · 31/07/2022 16:37

I think the name Zara would also fit your requirements.

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yikesanotherbooboo · 31/07/2022 16:45

I like both but prefer Anya. I agree with your pronunciation and spelling of Maia .

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