Sonja Name Meaning & Origin

Sonja

Pronunciation: SOHN-yə, SAWN-yə (key)

Origin of the name Sonja:

Russian pet form of Sofya, a cognate of the Greek Sophia (wisdom, skill). Var: Sonia, Sonja.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Sofia, Sonia, Sonya

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Comments and insights on the name Sonja: | Edit

pronounced SOHN-yah or SAWN-yah

Jason, Jonas and Sonja are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Sonja: | Edit

I love my name! But if you are particular about pronounciation, beware! I go by the long O sound sOHn-ya. Yet, I find that some regions of people cannot even hear the difference between sOHn-ya and sAWn-ya. Also, I think the "j" is awesome. Much more unique the the common "y". But if you spell it with a "J" many people will pronounce the end "JA" instead of changing it to the "Y" sound. Of course, I know some of you prefer it this way too as I have met sAWn-Jas before also. So, overall, I have learned to just respond to all variations with a smile. :)

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I love my name too. I very rarely hear it and when I do, it strikes a very interesting conversation. The comment above about the pronunciation is so very true. My name has been butchered my entire life. I think people try to make it harder than what it is. I usually tell people "It's pronounced like Tonya but with an 'S'" and that seems to make it easier for them.
I like it because it is somewhat simple but different and I've been told that it sounds elegant which of course made me smile.

It's my mother's name and my daughter's middle name. My mom was named for the Norwegian figure skater and her dad came from Norway. I wanted to honor the heritage and think my mother's name is pretty. I do get slightly annoyed at correcting pronunciation (we use the long o) but since it is her middle name it doesn't come up much.

Nicknames for Sonja: | Edit

Simba, Song-ya, Sonja, Sonj (the latter two affectionately pronounced with the "j" as in English), Soho

I go by Sony (like the playstation). Have also heard Sunny/Sonny.

Meanings and history of the name Sonja: | Edit

Variant of Greek Sophia, means "wisdom"

Famous real-life people named Sonja: | Edit

Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 - October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and actress. She is a three-time Olympic Champion (1928, 1932, 1936), a ten-time World Champion (1927-1936) and a six-time European Champion (1931-1936). Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. At the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid movie stars in Hollywood. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Henie)

Queen Sonja of Norway (née Sonja Haraldsen, born 4 July 1937 in Oslo) is the queen consort of Norway, wife of King Harald V of Norway. She is styled HM The Queen. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Sonja_of_Norway)

Sonja Pfeilschifter (born January 29, 1971) is a German rifle shooter. She won the 1991 World Junior Championship in 10 metre air rifle, and World Championships of 1994 and 1998, in 1998 doubling with a victory in 50 metre rifle three positions. She has a number of victories at ISSF World Cups and she holds several world records. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Pfeilschifter)

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Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 - October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and actress. She is a three-time Olympic Champion (1928, 1932, 1936), a ten-time World Champion (1927-1936) and a six-time European Champion (1931-1936). Henie won more Olympic and World titles than any other ladies figure skater. At the height of her acting career she was one of the highest paid movie stars in Hollywood. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Henie)

Sonja Sohn (nee Williams) (Born 1964) is an American Actress and activist. Her latest (as of 2012) role is that of Det. Samantha Baker on ABC's Body of Proof. She also founded the outreach program reWIRED for Change. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Sohn)

Sonja Ball (born 1956) is a Canadian voice actress. She is probably best known for her work as the voice of Arthur's Mother Jane Read in the PBS children's TV series Arthur. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Ball)

Sonja Kristina (born 1949) is an English musician most recognizable as the vocalist for Curved Air. She also sang the song "Frank Mills" on the original cast recording of the musical "Hair". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Kristina_Linwood)

Sonja Bennett (born 1980) is a Canadian actress who portrayed Marcie Brasko in the 2004-2009 series "Battlestar Galactica", as well as many other series that have been shot in, or near Vancouver. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_Bennett)

Sonja is a fictional character from the Underworld series of films. This character is the daughter of the vampire elder Viktor, introduced by flashback, in Underworld. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonja_(Underworld)#Characters)

Red Sonja, the She-Devil with a Sword, is a fictional character who first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #23 (Marvel Comics). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sonja)

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