I'm afraid that whether you think of Tonya
as derived from Antonia
or as an alternate spelling of Tanya
, derived from Tatiana
, both of these go back to ancient Roman
names for which the original etymological meaning is simply unknown. Anything that can be said about either of them is simply a guess. Some guesses may be more educated than others, but until and unless someone finds more evidence from ancient writings, or deciphers the Etruscan language, the answer in terms of etymology must be "unknown".
This is a case where the use of the term "meaning" in regard to etymology may be misleading. The names Anthony
didn't survive because of any original etymological connection, but because they were the names of Christian
saints. If I were you, I'd look up the lives of those saints and take their stories as the "meaning" for your name, because they are why the names are still in use today.
Of the etymologies suggested, the one that seems to at least come from an educated guess is "priceless". The "fairy queen" meaning comes from confusing Tatiana
, the name of the fairy queen in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream
, so it is the one which is almost surely NOT correct as an etymology. The "Flower
" meaning, as the derivation for Anthony
given on this site says, is an ancient mistake made by confusing Antonius
with the Greek word for "flower". Since the spelling Tonya
does not include the "h", it really wouldn't be correct to use the "flower" meaning, though I suppose for Anthony
one could at least say the modern form has been blended with the Greek word for "flower".