Saniya was quite a popular name for baby girls during the 2000s, perhaps because of the trend of names that ended with “iya” and “iyah.” Some may say those names became a little overused, but many of them are still quite popular today. Saniya has Arabic and Persian roots, and it was particularly beloved in the United States by African-American families. It pairs well with both trendy and classic middle names, and it sounds exotic without being too far out.

Meaning of the name Saniya:

Arabic: Splendid, radiant
Persian: Splendid, radiant

Origin of the name Saniya:

Saniya's exact origin is unknown, but it's most likely an Americanized spelling of the Arabic and Persian name Saniyya. The name means “splendid” and “radiant.”

Symbolism of the name Saniya:

Because of its meaning, Saniya is a name that shines — literally. New parents may see their baby girl as the shining star in their lives.

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Gender of the name Saniya:

Saniya is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Saniya:


Number of syllables in the name Saniya:


Emotion evoked from the name Saniya:

The baby name Saniya evokes images of someone who is creative and graceful. She will likely have a career in the arts.

Alternative spellings for the name Saniya:

  • Saniyya
  • Saniyah
  • Sania

Nicknames for the name Saniya:

  • Niya
  • Sanny

Popularity of the name Saniya:

According to the Social Security Administration, Saniya was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States between 2003 and 2013. It was most popular in 2007 when it ranked at number 494. It last ranked at number 925 in 2013.

Related names for the name Saniya:

  • Samaira
  • Samia
  • Safira
  • Sadia
  • Aniya

Great middle names for Saniya and their meanings:

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