Ananya is the common English spelling of two Indian given names: the masculine अनन्य and the feminine अनन्या . They originate in the Sanskrit language where the meaning is "having no equivalent" and "unique". The name is popular among people of Bengal. It is also used as a surname.
Ayilya Nair (born 29 March 1987), better known by her stage name Ananya, is an Indian film actress, who appears in Malayalam and Tamil films. She made her acting debut in Malayalam with Positive (2008) and debuted the following year in Tamil with Naadodigal, which emerged a critical and commercial success. She has a list of films in Malayalam and Tamil. She received a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for Engaeyum Eppothum.