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Gender: Female Meaning of Sonia: "wisdom" Origin of Sonia: Russian and Scandinavian variation of Sophia Sonia's Popularity in 2017: #983

The name Sonia is a girl's name of Scandinavian, Russian, Ukrainian origin meaning "wisdom". Sonia is ranked #983 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

From the experts:

Early European import, well known in the 1940s via Norwegian skating movie star Sonja Henie, that has sailed back across the Atlantic, despite the rising popularity of other Russian names.

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Famous People Named Sonia

Sonia Gandhi (born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino), Italian-Indian politician, widow of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer
Sonia Maria Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice
Sonia Delaunay, French artist
Sonia O'Sullivan, Irish Olympic runner
Sonia (Evans), English pop singer
SONiA (Rutstein), American singer-songwriter
Sonia Todd, Australian actress
Sonia Yesenia Cruz (Ayala), Miss El Salvador Universe 2010
Sonia McMahon, Australian socialite, widow of William McMahon
Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz, birth name of Shari Lewis, American ventriloquist and puppeteer ("Lamb Chop")
Sonia Braga, Brazilian actress

Pop Culture References for the name Sonia

Sonia Nevermind, princess in Japanese game "Super Dangan Ronpa 2"
Sonia Fowler, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Sonia Strumm, character in the Mega Man Star Force video game series
Sonia Alcana, character in DC Universe
Sonia, Hindi for "my love."
Sonia Wyatt, daughter of Leslie Knope on TV's "Parks and Recreation".

Sunya, Sonnia, Sohnia, Sonica, Sondya, Sonna, Sonni, Sohnnja, Sonnja, Sonyae, Sonny, Sonya, Sonida, Sondja, Sonita, Sonnie, Sonnya

Sonia's International Variations

Sonje (German)


fromtheocean12 Says:


Sonia is also a Sanskrit name meaning "love"! "Meri sonia" is a popular phrase that means "my love" used in lots of songs. It's pronounced SOH-nia.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lately, I've started really appreciating and loving this name. I've only ever known two Sonias, but grew up with one - and other than that, have the popular culture references of the 80s/90s singer (Sonia Evans, just known as Sonia) and the character on EastEnders. (I do have a kind of UK perspective on this - disclaimer time!) But this name is actually beautiful, and has the same root as Sophia and Sophie, so it would make a great alternative, for people who find those names too popular. It also has echoes on Tania/Tanya, probably because that's also a name with Russian origins. I feel like this is a gem that a few people might start to discover.

TulliaCicero Says:


My maternal grandmother's sister started life as Sophia, but the Irish Catholic nuns at her school renamed her Sonia, pronounced SO-nya. That branch of my family is 100% Ukrainian.

Kinga Says:


This name is also used in Poland and we pronounce it as SO-nia. As same as it's written.Try to listen to it in google translator in Polish and repeat it few times :)

Bobcat108 Says:


I've always thought that Sunny would make a good nn for Sonia/Sonya. Do people pronounce this as "SAH-yuh" or "SOAN-yuh"?

Guest Says:


Such a beautiful name, it sounds so harmonic! I didn't even know this was a variation of Sophia!!!