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What does Vanya mean?

Vanya Pronunciation of Vanya [vanya] 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.

Associated with: gracious.


16 different relations via Ivan, John: Ean, Hanno, Hans, Hansl, Ian, Jan, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jona, Vanek, Vanko, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.

Creative forms:
(male) Valya, Verya, ..

(female) Vanca, Vanta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Vanya Armaan (V.A.), ..

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. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Vanya (outside Top 2000) are Ean (#977 via latest list), Hans (#1411), Ian (#76), Ivan (#138), Jan (#1677), John (#26) and Zane (#233). Other variants, like Janos, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Vanya was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (adoption of 8.26%) and has become significantly diminished since (adoption 1.09%, 87% less), with versions like Hans becoming less in vogue. John has generally been popular among parents, although Zane appears to be gaining favor too. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ean, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of John, Zane in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Vanya is alike in pronunciation to Vinny. Other recommended names are Danya, Van, Vance, Vane, Vann and Vasya. These names tend to be more commonly used than Vanya.

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