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Gender: Female Origin of Tanya: Russian diminutive of Tatiana Meaning of Tatiana: Russian from Latin family name

The name Tanya is a girl's name of Russian origin. Tanya and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

From the experts:

Long integrated into the U. S. name pool but still retaining some Slavic flavor, Tanya feels a bit tired; it's ready for replacement by cooler Russian choices like Sasha, Mischa, or parent name Tatiana.

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Famous People Named Tanya

Tanya Franks, English actress
Tanya Burr, English makeup artist and YouTuber
Tanya Denise Tucker, American country music singer
Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum), American actress
Tanya Joan Plibersek, Australian politician
Tanya Tate, English glamour model
Tanya Sue Huff, Canadian novelist
Tanya Chua, Singaporean singer-songwriter
Tanya Byron, British psychologist and TV personality
Tanya Donelly, American singer-songwriter
Tanya Chan (Suk-chong), Hong Kong politician
Tanya Thompson, American ex-con artist and author

Pop Culture References for the name Tanya

Tanya Lauren Branning, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Tanya, character on British TV series "Black Books"
Tanya Reed-Smith, character on British TV series "The Fall"
Tanya, character in video game series "Mortal Kombat"
Tanya Berkowitz, character in the YouTube series "Most Popular Girls in School"
Tanya Nechaeva, character in the movie "They're Calling, Open the Door"
Tanya, main character in the books 13 Treasures, 13 Curses, and 13 Secrets
The Tanya, written by Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the main work of the Chabad philosophy

Taneea, Tonnya, Tonya, Tarnia, Tanita, Tana, Tahnee, Tawnya, Tonyah, Tahnya, Tania, Tannia, Tarnya, Tanazia

Tanya's International Variations

Tanja, Tahnia (German)


Daiseymae Says:


I have known more people who spell it this way, and they pronounce it as "Tonya" except for Tanya Tucker.

fromtheocean12 Says:


Tanya is also a Sanskrit name, but the T isn't pronounced like a hard T as in "time" but a soft "th" sound like "this", and rhymes with Anya. So like "thaaanya".

abertawe Says:


I can’t stand when people say this like Tonya. It’s an a! It rhymes with “tan”!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love Tanya/Tania.