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Meaning and Origin

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From a Russian pet form Со́ня (Sónja), an informal pet form of Со́фья (Sófʹja) or Софи́я (Sofíja, “Sofia, Sophia”), from the Ancient Greek σοφία (sophía, “wisdom”). It was introduced into English through 19th century Russian literature and taken into general use in early twentieth century.

  1. A female given name.

Sonya was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Sonya

Sonya Walger is an actress. She was most prominent from 1998 to present. Sonya was born on June 6th, 1974 in Hampstead, London, United Kingdom.

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Sophie Tucker was a radio personality, singing, actor, comedian, singer, and actress. She was most active from 1903 to 1965. Sophie was given the name Sonya Kalish on January 13th, 1887 in Tulchyn. Sophie is also known as Sophie Abuza. She died on February 9th, 1966.

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Sonya Thomas is a competitive eating and competitive eater. Sonya was born on July 26th, 1967 in Gunsan.

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Sonya Belousova is a film score, contemporary classical music, classical music, electronic music, and pop music composer, pianist, and music artist (occupation). Sonya was born on February 4th, 1990 in Saint Petersburg.

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Sonya Jehan is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Sonya was given the name Sonya Rizvi in Karachi. Sonya is also known as Rizvi and Sonya.

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Sonya Smith is an actress and actor. Sonya was given the name Sonya Eleonora Smith Jacquet by her parent Ileana Jacket on April 23rd, 1972 in Philadelphia.

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How popular is the baby name Sonya in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1905 5 5 0
1908 5 5 0
1909 8 8 0
1910 7 7 0
1911 10 10 0
1912 8 8 0
1913 27 27 0
1914 21 21 0
1915 20 20 0
1916 37 37 0
1917 27 27 0
1918 34 34 0
1919 18 18 0
1920 27 27 0
1921 31 31 0
1922 19 19 0
1923 31 31 0
1924 26 26 0
1925 34 34 0
1926 43 43 0
1927 69 69 0
1928 83 83 0
1929 53 53 0
1930 72 72 0
1931 72 72 0
1932 118 118 0
1933 140 140 0
1934 183 183 0
1935 190 190 0
1936 195 195 0
1937 229 229 0
1938 245 245 0
1939 211 211 0
1940 198 198 0
1941 179 179 0
1942 212 212 0
1943 169 169 0
1944 150 150 0
1945 165 165 0
1946 164 164 0
1947 164 164 0
1948 195 195 0
1949 163 163 0
1950 207 207 0
1951 189 189 0
1952 278 278 0
1953 311 311 0
1954 311 311 0
1955 340 340 0
1956 394 394 0
1957 396 396 0
1958 461 461 0
1959 780 780 0
1960 1,275 1,275 0
1961 1,541 1,541 0
1962 1,748 1,741 7
1963 1,924 1,919 5
1964 2,006 1,998 8
1965 2,361 2,353 8
1966 2,876 2,868 8
1967 2,987 2,980 7
1968 2,829 2,818 11
1969 2,808 2,800 8
1970 2,755 2,740 15
1971 2,748 2,730 18
1972 2,516 2,507 9
1973 2,182 2,169 13
1974 2,124 2,112 12
1975 1,765 1,760 5
1976 1,525 1,520 5
1977 1,393 1,382 11
1978 1,265 1,265 0
1979 1,287 1,287 0
1980 1,210 1,205 5
1981 1,143 1,137 6
1982 1,013 1,007 6
1983 919 914 5
1984 855 855 0
1985 797 797 0
1986 735 735 0
1987 622 617 5
1988 637 632 5
1989 525 525 0
1990 470 470 0
1991 394 394 0
1992 386 386 0
1993 380 380 0
1994 306 306 0
1995 310 310 0
1996 288 288 0
1997 297 297 0
1998 275 275 0
1999 278 278 0
2000 247 247 0
2001 210 210 0
2002 248 248 0
2003 238 238 0
2004 221 221 0
2005 214 214 0
2006 255 255 0
2007 223 223 0
2008 200 200 0
2009 221 221 0
2010 194 194 0
2011 170 170 0
2012 195 195 0
2013 190 190 0
2014 159 159 0
2015 164 164 0
2016 135 135 0
2017 135 135 0

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Popularity of Sonya as a first name

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Common last names for Sonya

  • Johnson
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Fun Facts about the name Sonya

  • How Popular is the name Sonya? Sonya is the 849th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Sonya have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 65,098 babies born with the first name Sonya in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sonya to occupy the territory of Bermuda (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 64,237 (as of May 20, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sonya? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1905 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sonya first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sonya is Wednesday, January 29th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Sonya born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sonya was in 1967 with a total of 2,980 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sonya!
  • Random Sonya Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sonya ranks 56th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 80 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Sonya: Your name in reverse order is Aynos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nsaoy. How do you pronounce that?

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