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Tonya is a name that saw a peak in popularity in a very specific generation. Though often popular, it does tend to be associated with a specific decade. Read on to learn more about this name.

Meaning of the name Tonya:

Russian: Praiseworthy

Origin of the name Tonya:

Tonya is a name of Russian origin that means “praiseworthy”.

Symbolism of the name Tonya:

Tonya tends to symbolize a family's hope that a child's future endeavors and behaviors will be worthy of praise.

Style of the name Tonya:

Modern

Gender of the name Tonya:

Tonya is almost exclusively used as a name for baby girls.

Pronunciation of the name Tonya:

TAWN-YAH

Number of syllables in the name Tonya:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Tonya:

Tonya tends to evoke emotions of gentle happiness and contentment among most who view the name.

Alternative spellings for the name Tonya:

Nicknames for the name Tonya:

  • Tony
  • Ya-ya

Popularity of the name Tonya:

According to the Social Security Administration, Tonya last ranked as the 906th most popular baby name in the United States in 1997. The name peaked in popularity in 1973, when it was the 36th most popular name for baby girls.

Related names for the name Tonya:

Great middle names for Tonya and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Tonya:

  • Tonya Harding (American ice skater)
  • Tonya Crowe (American actress)
  • Tonya Hurley (American director)

Tonyas in popular culture:

  • Tonya (character, Doctor Zhivago)
  • Tonya (character, Outsourced)
  • Tonya (character, Everybody Hates Chris)