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A Quranic Name for Girls

Short meaning of AnayaCaring, Guardian and Protector
See below for detailed meaning
How to pronounce Anaya

Under + NAp + YUmmy

Each block is a syllable. Thick black border indicates stress/emphasis. Other pronunciations are acceptable.
Arabic Spelling (How to write Anaya in Arabic)عَناية
Quranic Nature
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Indirectly Mentioned
Alternate spellings of AnayaAnayah Anaia Anaiah Anayeh Anaaya `Anayah Enaieh Enaiah Enaeeh Enaeah Enayeh Enayah Enaaieh Enaaiah Enaaeeh
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All Quranic baby names derived from AIN-N-A:

Meaning of Anaya

Anaya is an indirect Quranic name for girls that means “care”, “protection”, “diligence”. It is a variant of the name Inaya.

Question from a reader:

I checked with a Mufti about the name Anaya. What he says is as follows: “Inaayah is the name. It means “Care” as in one who cares and is cared for etc. One who receives special treatment perhaps. As for Anayah I cannot understand how the site says it is from AWN. I do not see any link. It is from A-N-Y and is totally in contrast to what the site claims. Allah knows best”. Could you please comment on this as I was planning to name my daughter (who is due in a few days, inshaAllah), Anaya?

Our Answer: 

He is right that the A-W-N root was incorrect. We have corrected it to the AIN-N-A root (which can also be written as AIN-N-Y). As for the origin of this name, it is mentioned in the classical Arabic dictionary Qamoos al-Muhit by the scholar Fairuzabadi (died 1414 CE) in the first line of the entry for AIN-N-A and on the same line with Inayah, suggesting that they are synonyms:

عَناهُ الأَمْرُ يَعْنِيهِ ويَعْنُوه عِنايَةً وعَنايَةً وعُنِيَّاً: أَهَمَّه.

He is the only scholar who mentions this word, it is either a rare word or a non-standard variant that other scholars had not heard of. Either way, it is an acceptable name since Muslims are always creating new names based on older words and there is no prohibition on this practice.

As for a Quranic reference for this root, it is used in Surat Taha in verse 111:

On that Day all faces shall be humbled before the Living, Self-Subsisting One. Those burdened with evil deeds will come to grief. (Quran 20:111)

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Reader Comments:

  1. on Friday 28th of November 2014 07:52:51 PM

    My name is Anaya and it is pronounced ah-neigh-ah

  2. on Wednesday 1st of April 2015 01:35:53 AM

    my daughter was borned last 05 days, i wish to name Anaya?

  3. on Tuesday 19th of May 2015 03:38:42 PM

    My doughter is 4month and how we can write anayah in urdu

  4. on Friday 22nd of May 2015 11:25:16 AM

    My daughter was born on last friday at 6 this name perfect for he

  5. on Wednesday 3rd of June 2015 07:27:32 AM

    My daughter war born in last September and I have given her name as Anaya Noor.

  6. on Monday 29th of June 2015 09:24:50 AM

    my daughter was borned last 08 days, i wish to name Anaya?
    is it correct name ?

  7. on Thursday 13th of August 2015 07:11:02 AM

    Anaaya is a muslim name? what is the meaning of Anaaya? please tell me.

  8. on Friday 28th of August 2015 01:15:17 PM

    My daughter was borned on 17 jan 2015 and i have given her name Anaya khurram. Is it correct?

  9. on Sunday 30th of August 2015 08:30:03 AM

    I am Sadiq, I am from India I want to name my newly born daughter as Inaya,but I am little bit confused with the exact meaning of this name as in many site its meaning is given as- concerned, solitude and in some site Inaaya meaning is gift of god…
    please advice.

  10. on Tuesday 8th of September 2015 11:39:19 AM

    if anayah pronounce like u in umbrella…its not arabic at alll…dnt fool people

  11. on Friday 11th of September 2015 09:04:20 AM

    My daughter was borned of friday at 2 45 pm.I wish to name anaya. This name perfect for her.

  12. on Friday 11th of September 2015 09:20:08 PM

    My daughter is 3 months old and how we can write anaya in urdu

  13. on Monday 14th of September 2015 08:16:48 PM

    This is my name! I like the meaning of caring, and protector. I have motherly feeling whenever I see a infant or other young creature. I love kissing and hugging them too, and making them comfortable. ~

  14. on Wednesday 23rd of September 2015 02:47:26 PM

    my daughter was born on 1st Sep plz give mi quranic name or as ur

  15. on Thursday 17th of December 2015 02:58:38 PM

    Don’t keep name abaya because it also means Hindu god!

  16. on Monday 28th of December 2015 06:15:45 PM

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  17. on Wednesday 6th of January 2016 02:48:03 PM

    My name Anaya and i think this name is come out anayat

  18. on Thursday 28th of January 2016 10:37:10 AM

    my daughter was borned 28-01-2016 iwish to name anaya

  19. on Monday 22nd of February 2016 12:21:31 PM

    my baby born was26 august iwish name to anaya,it is perfect

  20. on Monday 14th of March 2016 06:58:20 AM

    Plz mujay khansa ka meaning pta krna hai plz mujay koi bta day

  21. on Friday 18th of March 2016 07:51:16 AM

    Is ‘Anaya’ a proper name ? While pronouncing its sound like Urdu word ‘ana’ and English word ‘annoyed’
    Look like that its origin is Inayat. Please advise.

  22. on Friday 1st of April 2016 04:28:04 PM

    My name is Anaya and Thanks for tellin me it’s a rare and special name. I never knew what it ment and I speak Urdu as well!

  23. on Wednesday 6th of April 2016 02:34:16 PM

    Hi…my daughter born on 18 mar 2016. We are thinking to keep anaya name.. is good to her.

    Pls advice …..

  24. on Friday 15th of April 2016 09:34:50 AM

    Anaya is best name because
    My name is Anaya it meaning is perfect

  25. on Friday 15th of April 2016 09:38:26 AM

    Anaya is best name because my name is Anaya and it meaning is perfect and love my name do you like to name Anaya

  26. on Thursday 28th of April 2016 03:04:50 PM

    I have dother she is born in last thersday 21apr 2016 ples anybod tell me corect mening thanksss

  27. on Friday 13th of May 2016 02:51:30 PM

    Anaya is my duaghters mashallah she is now in year 8 with a caring father thnks to allah

  28. on Monday 4th of July 2016 01:11:45 AM

    My daughter born 15 june 2016 I wish to name anaya

  29. on Saturday 16th of July 2016 09:45:00 AM

    Please Inaya or Anaya Mai jo bhi Quran Kai mutabik shi meaning hai muze bta de please

  30. on Monday 18th of July 2016 07:18:29 PM

    I like the name anaaya and I love the meaning.
    Its very unique and people famous it.

  31. on Tuesday 26th of July 2016 05:56:18 PM

    I just want to know that anaya is a Islamic name??

  32. on Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:06:57 PM

    With due respect and correction…..Anaya is Aramaic and is inherently Jewish. It means “GIFT” not care. The name is found in Native American tribes living North and South of. Mexico’s boader. The source of that name like Joshua, Elisha, are found in the The Bible , Old Testament. I believe at present most Anayas are Christians…followers in path and in adoration of ONE GOD. Maybe some of our brothers stayed behind.

  33. on Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:53:33 PM

    Anaya means GIFT not “CARE” in Aramaic in both the Torah and The Translated American Bible consisting of both Old and New Testaments. It is a name found in Eurasia and Asia in variation like Isaah, Joshua and Abram. Mostly, it is seen as a blooming rose in the southern states in America and North Mexico ;I n Native AmericaTribes. It is most apparent that the Creator has His people travel far and wide and maybe even come “Full Circle” in gathering for a purposeful evolvment of positive Spiritual Energy.

  34. on Sunday 31st of July 2016 05:26:24 AM

    anaya is very beautiful name. my daughter name is anaya.

  35. on Sunday 28th of August 2016 04:15:36 PM

    Anaya my sister born 27August I have given her name as anaya.

  36. on Tuesday 20th of September 2016 09:02:13 AM

    Hello frnds this is not right meaning.. And that given Quranic reference also not correct I also want to keep that name is my daughter and I checked meaning on this site but when I checked in Quran there is no any name related or verse related thing in Quran so please..checked in Quran before taking any decision

  37. on Friday 30th of September 2016 12:03:30 AM

    My dother name is anaya adnan date of March 6 2014 on Friday Sindh gur hospital malir

  38. on Wednesday 5th of October 2016 10:32:57 AM

    I am Pakistani and I live in Germany I give My daughter the name Anaya and everyone like that name it doesn’t matter which nation realy everyone like It

  39. on Saturday 8th of October 2016 10:21:52 AM

    the quranic ref is wrong, (Quran 20:111) this ayah is not in surah Taha

  40. on Monday 17th of October 2016 05:45:16 PM

    My niece is born on the 15thnof October this year. Is this name suitable for her as a lot of people are saying it is not suitable?plz advise. Jazak’Allah Khaiyr

  41. on Sunday 27th of November 2016 09:28:59 PM

    Salaam ahlikoim

    My name is also Anaya and am from morocco

  42. on Monday 28th of November 2016 08:10:56 AM

    Salaam ahlikoim

    My name is also Anaya and am 35 years old from morocco living in the Netherlands

  43. on Friday 2nd of December 2016 05:07:25 PM

    Its a great name and beautiful name and Islamic name and you wich my doauther Nam anaya its a graeat name

  44. on Sunday 4th of December 2016 10:33:28 AM

    My daughter is anaya Ansari 29/10/2013
    Meaning gift of Allah Allah ka inam

  45. on Tuesday 13th of December 2016 10:55:38 AM

    My daughtr born on 27 november I wish hr name anaya r irzaza pls tell what better

  46. on Tuesday 13th of December 2016 11:06:59 AM

    My daughtr born on 27 november I wish hr name anaya r irzaza pls tell what is better

  47. on Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 06:41:48 PM

    What is meaning of Anaya
    Please explain me
    Actually I am using this name my wife
    So suggest me plz plz

  48. on Friday 3rd of February 2017 03:26:15 PM

    My dughter was born 1 /2/2017 kia main apne bete ka ka name anayah rakh sakta ho plz mujy btain

  49. on Sunday 12th of February 2017 03:20:41 PM

    can some one clear me where this word in quran or any related verse, (I am bit confused for the name Anaya)

  50. on Monday 20th of February 2017 04:56:35 PM

    what s the meaning of anaya

  51. on Tuesday 28th of February 2017 04:52:16 AM

    My daughter name is anaya fatiam he born is 18 feb

  52. on Tuesday 28th of February 2017 04:52:16 AM

    My daughter name is anaya fatiam he born is 18 feb

  53. on Tuesday 14th of March 2017 07:09:39 AM

    my daughter was born on 05 jan 2017 . what should be her name

  54. on Wednesday 5th of April 2017 04:55:49 PM

    i have a sister that is five years old and she is called Anaya.My name is Arisha and I think our name is unique and beautiful

  55. on Friday 14th of April 2017 09:20:38 PM

    Anayah meanig gift of ALLAH my daughter name is also anayah fatima

  56. on Sunday 23rd of April 2017 09:02:23 PM

    My delivery date is near n doctors told me that I will give birth to daughter so I want to give name to her anaya what does it mean correctly

  57. on Sunday 30th of April 2017 08:35:29 AM

    Anaya and inaya both meaning are same or not ???…………………………………………….

  58. on Saturday 20th of May 2017 11:15:02 AM

    We wish to InshaAllah name our daughter Anayah. However, since “AIEN” isn’t used in English, it will generally be pronounced as Anayah – with an “ALIF”, instead of an “AIEN”. This changes the root structure from “AIEN-NUN-ALIF” to “ALIF-NUN-ALIF”. Now we’re trying to understand how does that change the meaning of the name?

    Q1) As mentioned by you on, how can “AIEN-NUN-ALIF” also be mentioned as “AIEN-NUN-WOW”?
    Q2) How has the “indirect meaning” for Anaya eventually ended up to mean “care”, “protection”, “diligence”? We fail to understand where this has come from?
    Q3) What does the room “ALIF-NUN-ALIF” mean?

    Requesting your guidance, JazakAllah kher.

  59. on Wednesday 31st of May 2017 09:02:04 AM

    Anaya is correct name for muslims? i found different meaning in differnt name sites, which one is 100% right any one help me.

  60. on Saturday 10th of June 2017 11:59:35 AM

    I’m Arab girl, who’s asking! the meaning is correct ,but since “ع” isn’t used in English the closer pronounce it (عِ›نايه› Enaya) Not (عَ›نايه› Anaya)
    Cause if the diacritics ” َ ” down its be sound like (e) and If at the top it be like (Aa) I’m not sure if anyone understood what I said or Not my Eng Not good
    Anyway this word we Used so much such as Allah Enaya, moms Enaya and bro Enaya and so on

  61. on Sunday 18th of June 2017 06:30:18 AM

    This name has no reference in Quran, especially as mentioned in Surah Taha verse 111,there is no reference of Anaya name

  62. on Monday 16th of October 2017 09:07:02 PM

    Anaya k meanings kya h ye Islamic name h ya nh plzzzzz koi btaye

  63. on Wednesday 1st of November 2017 09:33:18 AM

    My cousin has been named Anaya an I have been told it means ‘Concerning’ and ‘Loving’

  64. on Thursday 2nd of November 2017 10:00:47 PM

    I checked a different web and it said Anaya means Gift from god

  65. on Sunday 14th of January 2018 12:51:36 PM

    I have checked the reference in Quran and not found this verse in Surat Taha.

  66. on Tuesday 16th of January 2018 07:19:06 AM

    My daughter born on 13 Dec 17 at about 0130 PM. I want to give name Anaya.
    Please advise????

  67. on Tuesday 16th of January 2018 09:37:19 AM

    kya anaya hindu people ka name hai …………………………………………… answer me plz

  68. on Tuesday 16th of January 2018 10:39:47 AM

    My daughter was born on Sunday is this name perfect

  69. on Wednesday 7th of February 2018 12:24:09 PM

    My daughter is anaya Ansari 21/11/2017
    Meaning gift of Allah Allah ka inam

  70. on Tuesday 6th of March 2018 04:13:18 PM

    My daughter name Anaya maroof
    Anaya meanig gift of ALLAH my daughter name is also anaya

  71. on Tuesday 6th of March 2018 04:19:53 PM

    My daughter name Anaya maroof born on 19/02/2016
    Anaya meanig gift of ALLAH my daughter name is also anaya

  72. on Friday 9th of March 2018 08:10:40 PM

    My daughter name is anaya but someone says its not a prefect name for my daughter plz any help or suggestions

  73. on Monday 7th of May 2018 08:22:06 AM


  74. on Friday 18th of May 2018 05:10:24 AM

    My daughter name chuse please born Sunday 29-4-2018

  75. on Monday 28th of May 2018 07:42:17 PM

    Kindly Someone tells about the exact meaning of anayah…. N is it really an Islamic name.. Kindly solve this problem

  76. on Tuesday 29th of May 2018 01:30:56 PM

    A name Anaya rakh sakte hai exactly meaning Kya hai Pls reply fast help me

  77. on Thursday 31st of May 2018 12:00:54 PM

    This site makes up names
    Its not a proper site for authentic Muslim names

  78. on Tuesday 19th of June 2018 01:00:50 PM

    What is difference between Anayah and Inayah please elaborate with both meanings.

  79. on Saturday 18th of August 2018 02:27:35 PM

    I want to name my daughter Zanaya is this permissible in Islam as I cannot find a direct meaning for this name I can only find similar ones.

  80. on Monday 24th of September 2018 07:13:15 PM

    Salam what is the difference between Anaya and Inaya
    I love both names but don’t know what to do
    So you think I can name my twins inaya ans Anaya hahaha
    Only kidding I think I’ll do inaya and Eleeza
    What do you think

  81. on Tuesday 25th of September 2018 08:47:35 AM

    Anaya name real meaning plz tell me.inaya hai k anaya plz tell me

  82. on Sunday 30th of September 2018 09:09:32 AM

    Salam here’s to everyone who has concerns regarding Anaya and inaya
    I personally think Anaya is the Asian way of pronouncing Inaya
    So I chose inaya and Imani for my two princess

  83. on Sunday 30th of September 2018 03:22:24 PM

    kiya ya acha nam hy or ya muslim namw hy plaese is bary main batain

  84. on Tuesday 13th of November 2018 02:05:41 AM

    My daughter name is anaya born date is 12-09-2018 : I wishes name is anaya khan .this name is quranick name is perfect muslim girl name.

  85. on Tuesday 8th of January 2019 10:58:24 AM

    Assalam O Aleikum
    In one of the websites I read that the meaning of this word is Allah’s Blessings. Can you please advise whether this is correct. If not what is the correct form for the word meaning Allah’s Blessings. My sister wants to name her new born daughter with this name.

  86. on Wednesday 6th of February 2019 04:02:26 PM

    A great website but the way to pronounce Anaya is not looking right. It may be but please check.

  87. on Tuesday 26th of February 2019 09:32:43 AM

    not only qamoos al muheet, word anaya is also mentioned in taj ul uroos..
    page:صفحة 20532 / 21562
    : (ي ( {عَناهُ الأمْر} يَعْنِيه ويَعْنُوه {عِنايَةً) ، بالكسْرِ، (} وعَنايَةً) ، بالفَتْح،

  88. on Friday 10th of May 2019 11:51:44 PM

    Hi my name is mubarak
    I m frome uk
    My baby girl bourn in 05/05/2019
    Her name is ANAYA

  89. on Tuesday 4th of June 2019 09:57:03 AM

    Is Anaya is muslim name i google it and the first site informed that it is an hindo name meaning andesha, fikar is that correct name for muslim girls or not plz guide?

  90. on Saturday 13th of July 2019 05:01:10 PM

    My daughter born 27 _05_2019 her name is Anaya fatima

  91. on Saturday 13th of July 2019 05:03:20 PM

    My daughter born 27_05_2019 ‘her name is anaya fatima

  92. on Monday 5th of August 2019 11:17:48 AM

    My name is Anaya people say I am selfish and jelious

  93. on Monday 5th of August 2019 11:18:37 AM

    My name is Anaya people say I am selfish and jelious
    And I am 9 years old

  94. on Wednesday 28th of August 2019 06:03:31 AM

    Quranic reference is wrong.. I didn’t find any thing as you mentioned above it is used in Surat Taha in verse 111…

  95. on Tuesday 28th of January 2020 06:54:40 AM

    What is the difference between Anaya or Inaya muslim Girl Name?

  96. on Thursday 30th of January 2020 06:27:12 AM

    My Daighter Born 24-12-2019 her Name Is ANAYA FATIMA

  97. on Friday 24th of April 2020 03:11:45 AM

    can anyone plz tell me is mannat a muslim name?its urgent

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  99. on Wednesday 12th of May 2021 05:09:58 AM

    Anayah is beautiful Muslim name, we named our daughter Anayah,

  100. on Tuesday 28th of February 2023 01:25:15 PM

    My name is Anaya ,anaya is very beautiful name I am 13 years old

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