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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).


Sonya has 4 variants: Sohnia, Sonja, Sonni and Sonnie.

Sonya has 14 more related forms via Sonia, Sophia: Sofia, Sofie, Sofka, Sofy, Sofya, Sohnnja, Sondja, Sondya, Sonje, Sonnja, Sophy, Zofia, Zofya and Zosia.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Seanya, Somya, ..

(male) Sonyale, Sosha, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sonya for girls. Sonya entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its highest rank of #149 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #1436 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sonya name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sonya outside U.S.

Sophia (#3 in recent rankings), Sofia (#12), Sonia (#946), Sofie (#1227), Sonja (#1838) and Zofia are the prominent variation forms of Sonya (#1436 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Sonnja, are seldom used. These forms of Sonya were at the apex of their popularity in 2011 (median #995) and have remained as common to this day (#1066, 9%), but with versions such as Sonja going out of style. Sofia and Sophia are two of the more chic girl names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sonya, Sofia, Sofie, Sonia, Sonja in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sophia, Zofia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sofia, Sofie, Sophia outside U.S.

Similar Names


Sonya is alike in pronunciation to Sanna, Sannah, Sanny, Seana, Seanna, Sena, Sianna, Siena, Sienna, Signa, Sunny, Xena, Zana, Zeenya, Zena, Zenia, Zenna, Zenya, Zinia, Zinnya, Zinya, Zoanna, Zona, Zonia and Zyna. Other recommended names are Aanya, Aenya, Anya, Bronya, Danya, Dinya, Donya, Dosya, Ennya, Enya, Fanya, Fenya, Genya, Ginya, Inya, Ionya, Joya, Kenya, Lenya, Manya, Moya, Panya, Roya, Samya, Sanda, Santa, Senga, Shaya, Shona, Shonda, Shonna, Shonta, Silya, Sindya, Soma, Sondra, Sonel, Sonoma, Sonora, Soraya, Synda, Tanya, Tonnya, Tonya, Toya, Vanya, Vinya, Zorya, Zoya and Zoyya (see Zoya). These names tend to be less commonly used than Sonya.