Tanya Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Tanya:
Originally a Russian pet form of Tatiana, which is of uncertain derivation.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Tanya is the English spelling variant of Tawnya/Tonya/Tania/Tanja/Tawnia.
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My name is spelled Tanya....I have been called Tanya when I was younger and Tonya now that I am older. I really like both pronounciations....My name is pronounced the way it is spelt...TANya. My whole life I've been called 'TONya'!!! I've constantly corrected people...getting to the point where I just answer to both!
An experience from another Tanya: My name is pronounced Tawnya, but spelled Tanya-- and I've always had the opposite issues of course, being pronounced TAN-ya instead, and having to correct for it. I do believe that Tawnya or Tawnia is a better spelling to get the ah sound instead of the tan.... however, I personally have an extreme dislike for the Tonya varient of spelling as to me it looks as if it should be pronounced "Toe"nya instead of Tawnya.... I love my name.. but it is forever mispelled and forever mispronounced.
My name also is Tanya, pronounced Tahn-ya. I have forever been called Tan-ya like a sun tan, and no offense to those are actually named that but I always hated it. I like my name ok. It's better than a lot of the 70s-80s names. But i would've liked to have been named Tatiana instead since it sounds a little more unique. But still, Tanya is a good name. I agree with the person above who said that the spelling Tonya looks like it should be pronounced differently, except I always thought it looked like it would be pronounced like "own" or "ton-y" (Tonya) instead of the "ah"
My name is spelled Tawnya, pronounced TAWN(like Dawn)YA, and despite it being pronounced phonetically correct with its spelling, most people have always mis-pronounced it as either TANya, TONya, TAHNya, even TawYnia. I always knew when a teacher/professor had reached my name on the attendance list because they would pause and say "Tan...Ton...Taaawnyua? Did I pronounce that correctly?". Don't even get me started on people mis-spelling it. That single W throws almost everyone off! But despite all that, I've always gotten compliments on how my name is spelled and I think Tawnya is a very unique and beautiful variant of Tanya.
For those pronouncing it as it is spelled, Tan-ya, well are pronouncing it WRONG. It is a Russian name and Tan-ya is simply an Americanized pronunciation of the name.
My name is Tonya and of course rarely did people spell or say it correctly. When my name was heard they would spell it with an A, when seen most would still pronounce with an A which to me would be Tan-ya but to the ladies before me with their Toe'nay an T-own-ya really?, has to be the worst of all and coming from my namesake, please! Not wanting to talk about your momma who made the spelling just tryn to be original I suppose. But this is my name an this is how I see it Tonya = T'Onya . A very sexy name for a very sexy girl. I'm surprised that Tohnya hasn't caught on yet.
My name is Tanya. But it's not pronounced "TAWN-ya" (like tonic) or "TAN-ya" (like the word tan). I don't think I can describe the pronunciation with English words... Just go to Google Translate, select German, type in "Tanja" and listen to that.
- Nicknames for Tanya: | Edit
Tan, Tanny, Tawny, Tawn, TanTan, T, Yana
- Meanings and history of the name Tanya: | Edit
1. Russian- Meaning the 'Fairy Queen'
2. I've actually done a lot of reading as to the orgins of Tanya. Of course, we do know that it comes from the pet name for the Russian Tatiana, however, I do have quams with it meaning "fairy queen"-- In Shakespears "Midsummers Night Dream" there is a Fairy queen named Tatiana- but there is no evidence that the names means fairy queen. In fact, to my understanding, the meaning of Tatiana is quite unsure. One source I've read did suggest that it dated back to Etruscan orgins and the surname Titus... but who knows?
3. I have had several Europeans ask me why may parents named me a "nickname", because they always thought that Tanya was a nickname to Tatiana and they were surprised that was not my real name.
4. It does NOT mean Fairy Queen. The only reference to Fairy Queen was due to the Queen of the Fairies being named Tatiana in Shakespeare's play Midsummer night dream. Tanya is a nickname for Tatiana and means worthy of praise.
- Famous real-life people named Tanya: | Edit
Tanya Donelly, an American Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and guitarist based in New England who co-founded Throwing Muses with her stepsister Kristin Hersh. She then went on to work in The Breeders and Belly in the 1990s.
Tanya Harding, figure skater
Tanya Tucker, American country singer
Tanya Hughes, American high jumper
Tanya Roberts, American actress
Tanya Dziahileva, Belorussian model
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The mouse sister of Feivel in the kids animated movies 'An American Tail' and sequel 'Feivel Goes West' name is Tanya.
The two characters named Tanya in the movie Dr. Zhivago
A strawberry blonde part of the Denali coven in the Twilight Series.
Tanya Branning (nèe Cross), character in UK soap "Eastenders"