Sonia (name)

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Pronunciation (IPA
Gender Feminine
Other names
Related names Sophia

Sonia is a feminine given name in many areas of the world including the West, Russia, Iran, and South Asia. Sonia and its variant spellings Sonja and Sonya are Russian variations on Sophia, a Greek name meaning "wisdom".[1] The name was popularised by a 1917 bestselling novel, Sonia: Between Two Worlds, by Stephen McKenna.[1]

In Hindi, the name means "golden",[2] derived from सोना sonāa "gold", from Sanskrit सुवर्ण suvarṇa (su "good" + varṇa "color").

Sonya and its variations are occasionally found as surnames in England and the American eastern seaboard.

First name[edit]

The name appears in multiple languages including Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, English,Persian, Finnish, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greece, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbian,Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.

Sonia has many variant spellings and related name forms, among them Sonea, Sonja, Sonje, Sonni, Sonnie, Sonnjea, and Sonya. Slavic countries spell the name with the letter "j": Sonja, while many English speaking countries spell it with "i" or "y": Sonia or Sonya. These are only variations on the same name.

As a last name in the United States[edit]

Sonya is a rare surname in the United States, and was not ranked for people of any age in publications of results of the 1990 Census. The spelling Sonya is of English descent. Spelling variations include: Sonning, Sonnin, Sonin, Soning, Sunning, Sunin, Souning, Sounin, Sonninges, Somin, Somings, and many more. The surname Sonya was first located in Berkshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. Some of the first American settlers named Sonya or some of its variants migrated in the mid-17th century to the eastern seaboard. Migrants eventually settled in Newfoundland, Maine, Virginia, The Carolinas, and the islands.

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  1. ^ a b Martin-Doyle, Katie (1999). The Treasury of Baby Names. Cambridge: Worth Press. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-903025-11-6. 
  2. ^ Baby Name Indian Girl: Girl Baby names beginning with S