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What does Tonya mean?

Tonya \t(o)-nya, ton-ya\ as a girls' name is pronounced TAHN-yah. It is of Russian origin, and the meaning of Tonya is "praiseworthy". Short form of Antonina. See also Tanya and Tawny.


Tonya has 2 variants: Latonya and Toya.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Antonia, Tatiana and Toni.

Tonya has 25 more alternative forms via Tanya, Tawny: Tahna, Tahnee, Tahni, Tahnia, Tahnya, Taina, Tana, Tanamaree, Tanazia, Tanee, Taneea, Taney, Tania, Tanita, Tanja, Tarnya, Tawna, Tawnee, Tawney, Tawni, Tawnia, Tawnie, Tawnya, Tonnya and Tonyah.


Tonya is a very popular first name for women (#209 out of 4276, Top 5%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Tonya for girls. Tonya entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #52 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Tonya name in U.S.

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

Antonia (#975 in 2014), Antonina, Latonya, Taina, Tana, Tania, Tanya, Tatiana (#577), Tawny, Tawnya, Toni and Toya are the popular varying forms of Tonya ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.0345%, down 91.4%), with versions like Tana, Tania, Tanya, Toni and Tonya becoming somewhat dated. Tatiana (#577) is the most trendy birth name here. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Tonya and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Antonia, Antonina, Latonya, Taina, Tana, Tania, Tanya, Tatiana, Tawny, Tawnya in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Toni, Tonya, Toya in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Tonya is alike in pronunciation to Tanaya, Tanea, Tena, Tenaya, Teona, Teonna, Tina, Tiny, Tona, Tonee, Toney, Tonia, Tonie, Tony, Tonye and Tunna. Other recommended similar baby names are Donya, Ionya, Sonya, Tiona, Tionna and Toma. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tonya.