Meaning and Name Origin
Tanya \t(a)-nya, tan-ya\ as a girls' name is pronounced TAHN-ya. It is of Russian origin. Short form of Tatiana or Titania. Taina (TAY-nah) is a Scandinavian form. Notorious Tonya Harding has negatively influenced the name. See also Tawny. Photographer Tana Hoban; country singer Tanya Tucker.
For more information, see also the related girl name Latanya.
Tanya▼ has 32 more alternative forms via Tatiana, Tawny, Titania, Tonya: Latonya▼, Taitiann, Taitianna, Tajana, Taney, Tassiana, Tati, Tatia, Tatiania, Tatianna▼, Tatie, Tatihana, Tatijana, Tatiyana, Tatjana, Tatyana▼, Tatyanah, Tatyanna, Tawna, Tawnee, Tawney, Tawni, Tawnia, Tawnie, Taziana, Tetyana, Tiatiana, Tita, Titaniya, Titanya, Tiziana and Toya.
Tanya is a very prominent first name for women (#237 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Tanya for girls. Tanya was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #66 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Tanya and affiliated names. Tatiana (#577 a year ago), Tawny, Tatyanna, Tawnya, Tonya, Toya, Tatyana, Tatianna, Tana, Taina, Tania, Latanya and Latonya are the popular variation forms of Tanya. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1970-1979 and have become much less popular since, with versions like Tania, Tanya, Tatyana, Tonya and Tatianna becoming somewhat outmoded. Tatiana (#577) is the most fashionable girl name among these. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Tanya▼ is pronounced similarly to Tanaia, Tanaya, Tanea, Tani, Teana, Teanna, Tena▼, Tenaya, Tiana▲, Tianna▼, Tina▼, Tiny, Tona, Tonia▼, Tony, Tonye, Tunna, Tyana and Tyanna. Other suggested similar baby names are Aanya, Danya, Fanya, Manya, Panya, Taima, Talya, Tama, Tamma, Tanga, Tasya, Taya▼, Thana and Vanya. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tanya.