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Sonia


Gender: Feminine
Language
: English, Russian
Etymology:
Sonia is the Russian diminutive form of Sophia, ultimately coming from a Greek name meaning “Wisdom.”


History:
The Hagia Sophia church in Constantinople (meaning “Holy Wisdom) led to the several churches called St. Sophia’s (although there is no St. Sophia). In the 14th and 15th centuries, Sophia (or Sophie) became a favorite name of the German royal families.

Sonia, a Russian form of the name, was imported to the English speaking world in the late 19th century. It received a boost in popularity after the publication of Stephen McKenna’s popular 1917 novel Sonia.

Pronunciation: sown-ya.

Alternates: Sonya, Lasonya.
German: Sonja, Sonje.
Scandinavian: Sonja.


Famous Bearers
:
Artists and Authors:
Sonia Delaunay
(Sofia Ilinitchna Terk) (1885-1979)
Russian-French artist.
Sonia Sanchez (Wilsonia Benita Driver) (1934-)
American poet.

Political Figures:
Sonia Gandhi (1947-)
Italian-Indian political figure.

Popularity:
Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
0.068 % named Sonia
0.051 % named Sonya
0.029 % named Sonja
0.001 % named Lasonya

Popularity of Sonia:
Popularity (for newborns)
:
In the United States...
1900-1910: 608th most popular.
1910-1920: 762nd most popular.
1920-1930: 614th most popular.
1930-1940: 342nd most popular.
1940-1950: 289th most popular.
1950-1960: 264th most popular.
1960-1970: 190th most popular.
1970-1980: 164th most popular.
1980-1990: 257th most popular.
1990: 280th most popular.
1991: 281st most popular.
1992: 293rd most popular.
1993: 303rd most popular.
1994: 343rd most popular.
1995: 348th most popular.
1996: 392nd most popular.
1997: 389th most popular.
1998: 422nd most popular.
1999: 455th most popular.
2000: 498th most popular.
2001: 504th most popular.
2002: 528th most popular.
2003: 545th most popular.

In France...
1900-1930: N/A
1943: 180th most popular.
1940: 173rd most popular.
1950: 158th most popular.
1960: 103rd most popular.
1970: 43rd most popular.
1980: 32nd most popular.
1990: 60th most popular.
2000: 162nd most popular.

Popularity of Sonja:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
1900-1930: N/A
1930-1940: 371st most popular.
1940-1950: 319th most popular.
1950-1960: 486th most popular.
1960-1970: 283rd most popular.
1970-1980: 326th most popular.
1980-1990: 629th most popular.
1990: 835th most popular.
1991: 942nd most popular.
1992: 983rd most popular.
1993: N/A

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