Meaning and Name Origin
Vanya \v(a)-nya, van-ya\ 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▲.
Vanya is an uncommonly occurring first name for males and an uncommon last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Vanya and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Vanya (#unlisted) listed in the 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). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread in the year 2004 and is somewhat lower today, 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), with Evan enjoying a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)