Anya

Meaning of the name Anya. Listen and learn how to pronounce Anya so you can get the correct pronunciation for this girl name.

MEANING: Ancient Irish name from the noun aine that means “splendor, radiance, brilliance.” Aine is connected with fruitfulness and prosperity. The queen of the Munster fairies was called Aine as was one of the wives of Fionn Mac Cool (read the legend). Aine appears in folktales as “the best-hearted woman who ever lived – lucky in love and in money.”

GENDER: Girl | Female

IRISH NAME: Anya Aine

PRONUNCIATION: awn + ye”

ENGLISH: Anya

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Anya and read along with the meaning)

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Irish Name of the Day!

Meaning "fair-haired," the name has been popular since the sixth century when St. Finbar came to an area of Cork that was being tormented by a serpent. The people begged him to do something to help them. One night he went to where the serpent was sleeping and sprinkled it with holy water. The angry serpent tore and devoured the land until she slithered into the sea at Cork Harbor. The track she left behind filled with water and became the River Lee and that’s why St. Finbar is the patron saint of Cork. It is said that the sun didn’t set for two weeks after Finbar’s death.