What does Sonya mean?
Sonya \s(o)-nya, son-ya\ as a name for girls is of English and Greek origin, and the meaning of the name Sonya is "wisdom". Sonya is a variant of Sonia (English). Sonya is also a derivative of Sophia (Greek).
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. during 1970-1979, 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. 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%, down 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.