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What does Sonya mean?

Sonya Pronunciation of Sonya 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). Sonya is also a derivative of Sophia (Greek).


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, wisdom


VARIANTS Sonnie, Sonni, Sonja, Sohnia

RELATED FORMS VIA SONIA, SOPHIA Sofia, Sofie, Sofka, Sofy, Sofya, Sohnnja, Sondja, Sondya, Sonje, Sonnja, Sophy, Zofia, Zofya, Zosia

(female) Sinya, ..

(male) Soney, ..

Sonya Sariyah (S.S.), ..

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)

Sonya entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its highest rank of #149 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is at #1697 presently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sonya name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Sophia (#5 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Sofia (#17), Sonia (#1063), Sofie (#1409), Sonja and Zofia are the prominent variation forms of Sonya (#1697) ranked in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Sonnja, are seldom used. These forms of Sonya were at the apex of their popularity in 2013 (MEDIAN #1014) and are somewhat less conventional today (#1170, 27%), with versions such as Sonja going out of style. Sofia is the most chic girl name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sonya, Sofia, Sofie, Sonia, Sonja in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sophia, Zofia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sofia, Sofie, Sophia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sonya is alike in pronunciation to Sanna, Sannah, Sanny, Seana, Seanna, Sena, Sianna, Siena, Sienna, Signa, Sunny, Xena, Zana, Zeenya, Zena, Zenia, Zenna, Zenya, Zinia, Zinnya, Zinya, Zoanna, Zona, Zonia and Zyna. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aanya, Aenya, Anya, Bronya, Danya, Dinya, Donya, Dosya, Ennya, Enya, Fanya, Fenya, Genya, Ginya, Inya, Ionya, Joya, Kenya, Lenya, Manya, Moya, Panya, Roya, Samya, Sanda, Santa, Senga, Shaya, Shona, Shonda, Shonna, Shonta, Silya, Sindya, Soma, Sondra, Sonel, Sonoma, Sonora, Soraya, Synda, Tanya, Tonnya, Tonya, Toya, Vanya, Vinya, Zorya, Zoya and Zoyya (see Zoya). These names tend to be less commonly used than Sonya.

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