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What does Vanya mean?

Vanya /van-ya/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Vanya) is of Russian and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Vanya is "God is gracious". Diminutive of John via Ivan. Rare outside of Russia.


Vanya has 44 different forms via Ivan, John: Anno, Ean, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Gian, Gianni, Hannes, Hanno, Hans, Hansel, Hansl, Heanno, Iain, Ian, Ifan, Ivan, Ivann, Ivano, Iwan, Jack, Jacky, Jan, Jancsi, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jean, Jens, Jian, Jianni, Jon, Jona, Juan, Sean, Seann, Shane, Vanek, Vanko, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.

Kreatif forms: Valnya, Vannya, Varnya. [more]

How popular is Vanya?

Vanya is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a somewhat prominent last name for all people (#111740 out of 150436, Top 74%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Popular alternative forms of Vanya (outside Top 1000) are Ean (#997 a year ago), Euan, Evan (#58), Ewan, Gianni (#515), Hannes, Hans, Hansel, Iain, Ian (#77), Ivan (#132), Jack (#41), Jacky, Jan, Jean, Jens, John (#26), Jon (#675), Juan (#98), Sean (#193), Shane (#277) and Zane (#224). Variants like Vanko are seldom used. Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread in 2004 (usage of 0.4495%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3949%, down 12.2%), with versions like Ean, Hans, Jacky, Jean and Jon falling out of style. The most trendy boy names in this compilation are Evan (#58), Gianni (#515), Ian (#77), Sean (#193) and Zane (#224), and there is a revival in baby name popularity for Evan. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Vanya and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ean, Evan, Gianni, Hans, Hansel in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ian, Ivan, Jack, Jacky, Jan in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jean, John, Jon, Juan, Sean in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shane, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Euan, Evan, Ewan, Hannes, Iain outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ian, Jack, Jens, John, Sean outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shane, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Danya, Van, Vane, Vann and Vasya. These names tend to be more commonly used than Vanya.