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What does Tonya mean?

Tonya /to-nya/ 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.

Associated with: russian


Tonya has 2 variants: Latonya and Toya.

Related girl names: Antonia, Tatiana and Toni.

Tonya has 17 more alternative forms via Tanya, Tawny: Tahna, Tahnia, Tahnya, Taina, Tana, Tanee, Taneea, Taney, Tania, Tanita, Tanja, Tarnya, Tawna, Tawnia, Tawnya, Tonnya and Tonyah.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Tenya, Tunya, ..

(male) Tota, Toty, ..

How popular is Tonya?

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)


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

Shown below is the baby name history of Tonya for girls. Tonya entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #49 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 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 (#1253), Tanja, Tanya (#1641), Tatiana (#577), Tawny, Tawnya, Toni (#1487) and Toya are the popular varying forms of Tonya ranked in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Tahna, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Tonya was more pronounced in the 1970s (adoption of 0.9%) and has become significantly lower since (adoption 0.05%, 93.9%), with versions like Latonya becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tonya, Antonia, Antonina, Latonya, Taina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tana, Tania, Tanja, Tanya, Tatiana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tawny, Tawnya, Toni, Toya in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Tonya is alike in pronunciation to Tanaia, Tanaya, Tanea, Tani, Teanna, Teena, Teina, Tenaya, Teona, Teoni, Teonna, Teyna, Tiana, Tianna, Tinah, Tiny, Toini, Tona, Toney, Tonia, Tonye, Toyanna, Tunna, Tyana and Tyanna. Other recommended names are Aanya, Aenya, Anya, Bronya, Dinya, Donya, Dosya, Ennya, Enya, Fanya, Fenya, Ginya, Inya, Ionya, Joya, Kenya, Lenya, Manya, Panya, Roya, Sofya, Sondya, Sonya, Talya, Tanga, Tasya, Tiona, Tionna, Toby, Toia, Tola, Toma, Tonica, Tonina, Toolya (see Tulia), Tora, Tory, Tosia, Tosiya, Tossa, Toulya, Tova, Treya, Tulya, Vanya, Vinya, Zenya, Zinya, Zofya and Zoya. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tonya.