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Gender: Female Meaning of Sonia: "wisdom" Origin of Sonia: Russian and Scandinavian variation of Sophia

The name Sonia is a girl's name of Scandinavian, Russian, Ukrainian origin meaning "wisdom". Sonia and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibsets you know".

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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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Popularity

Sonia is #426 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Sonia

Pop Culture References for the name Sonia

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

Sonia's International Variations

Sonje (German)

Comments

fromtheocean12 Says:

2018-02-09T22:25:10

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:

2016-11-10T14:51:05

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:

2015-05-15T15:27:53

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:

2015-05-15T11:16:45

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:

2015-05-07T03:32:35

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:

2014-10-22T06:05:20

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