Name Aya Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Aya


Aya is a ♀ girl’s name.

What is the origin of the name Aya?

There is no clear origin of the name Aya. It is for example a Japanese girl’s name and a variant of the Arabic name Ayah. Besides, Aya is of Old German, Hebrew and Mongolian origin. Aya is also a variant of the Greek name Agia.
Aya is a palindrome name, it can be spelled the same way forward or backward.

What does the name Aya mean?

In Japanese, Aya for example means “coloring” or “color” (from “aya/彩”) and “beautiful night (from “ai/娃” = beautiful + “yo/夜” = night). Aya also means “miracle”, “sign”, “evidence” or “verse” (from Arabic “aya/آية”), “sword” (from Old High German “agal/ekka”) and “to fly swiftly”, “hawk” or “buzzard” (from Hebrew “ayá/אַיָּה”). In Mongolian, Aya has the meanings “melody” or “music”. Besides, Aya means “Holy” or “Saint” (from ancient Greek “Agía/Αγία”).

Other spellings and and nicknames

Aya can also be spelled Aia, Aja, Ayah, Aiah and Aiya. A male version is Ayan. Possible nicknames are Ayi, Ay or simply A.

Aya as a geographical place

  • In Japan, Aya is a town located in the Higashimorokata District, in the Miyazaki Prefecture. It has one of Japan’s strictest recycling policies. Among its landmarks are the “Aya Biospere Reserve”, the “Aya Castle” and the Shinto Shrine “Itsukushima”. Aya is famous for its wine making.
  • The Banks-Islands belong to Vanuatu. Part of the Banks-Islands is the 0,5 km² small island Ra, which is referred to as “Aya” by the locals. In 2009, 189 people lived on Aya. It is located 100 meters away from the bigger island Mota Lava. During low tide you can make your way from one island to the other on foot.

Famous people named Aya

  • American TikTok personality Aya Tanjali (born 2007) has over 9.5 million followers on the platform. She is famous for her dance videos, as well as comic pieces with her family.
  • Aya Cash (born 1982) is an American actress known for her role in the Prime Video Show “The Boys”.
  • American actress Aya Sumika (born 1980) is especially known for her role as FBI-Agent “Liz Warner” in the TV show “NUMB3RS” (2005 - 2010).
  • The French model with African roots, Aya Jones (born 1994), has walked in fashion shows for many high end designers. She was part of the Milan and Paris Fashion Week in 2015.
  • Mangaka Aya Shouoto (born 1977) is famous for drawing fantasy Mangas such as “He’s my Vampire”, “Kiss of Rose Princess” and “The Demon Prince”.

Fictional characters named Aya

  • In the “House of Night” series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, Aya is a maiden made of magic by the women of a native tribe. Her mission was to entrap the evil immortal Kalona for all eternity. Aya is the Cherokee word for “me”. The women named the maiden Aya, because every woman gave a piece of herself to create her. A piece of Aya’s soul was reborn in protagonist Zoey Redbird.
  • In “Green Lantern: The Animated Series”, Aya is a female artificial intelligence in the body of a robot. She is the navigator of the space ship “Interceptor”.
  • In the video game “Assassin’s Creed Origins”, Aya of Alexandria is the second playable character. She used to work for Cleopatra before co-founding the “Hidden Ones”. Her goal is to avenge her son’s death.

Pronunciation of Aya

Variants of the name Aya


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Popularity of the name Aya

The name Aya is ranked #2545 overall.

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