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Sonia is a feminine given name in many areas of the world including the West, Russia, Iran, Pakistan and India. The name is derived from "Sophia", a Greek name meaning wisdom. Sonia and its variant spellings Sonja and Sonya are Russian variations on Sophia. The name was popularised by a 1917 bestselling novel, Sonia by Stephen McKenna.
The name appears in multiple languages including Bengali, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.
Sonia has many variant spellings and related name forms, among them Sonja, Sonje, Sonni, Sonnie, Sonnjea, and Sonya. Sonya is variant of Sophia (Greek) which has 18 variant forms: Saffi, Safiye, Sofia, Sofie, Soficita, Sofka, Sofy, Sofya, Sonja, Sonnie, Sonya, Sophey, Sophie, Sophy, Zofia, Zofi, Žofia, Zofya, and Zosia.
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.
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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