What does Sonya mean?
Sonya /so-nya/ as a name for girls is of English and Greek origin, and the meaning of the name Sonya is "wisdom". Sonya is a variant form of Sonia (English) with the suffix -ya. Sonya is also a derivative of Sophia (Greek).
How popular is Sonya?
Sonya is a very popular first name for women (#339 out of 4276, Top 8%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sonya for girls. Sonya entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #147 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Sophia (#3 2 years ago), Sofia (#12), Sophie (#91), Sonia (#946), Sonja and Sofie are the prominent variation forms of Sonya ranked in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Sonje, are seldom used. These forms of Sonya were at the apex of their popularity in 1999 (average #526) and are almost as common today (#578, ▼11.1%), but with the versions Sonia, Sonya and Sonja becoming less in vogue. Sophia has historically been a favorite of parents, while Sophie has also become trendy as well over time. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Sonya and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Sonya▼ is alike in pronunciation to Sana, Sanna, Sena▼, Sina▼, Zenya, Zinya, Zona▼ and Zonia. Other recommended similar baby names are Donya, Ionya, Samya, Shona, Shonna, Soma and Tonya▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sonya.