What does Sonya mean?
Sonya /so-nya/ [3 sylls.] 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 in 2014), Sofia (#12), Sophie (#91), Sonia (#946), Sonja and Sofie are the prominent variation forms of Sonya ranked in the Top 1000. Variants like Sonje are seldom used. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity in 1999 (usage of 0.4737%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4211%, ▼11.1%), with the versions Sonia, Sonya and Sonja becoming less in vogue. Sofia (#12), Sophia (#3) and Sophie (#91) are three of the more chic girl names in this list, and there is also a rekindling in birth name popularity for these names. 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.