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The meaning of Tanya is God's Gift.
-- Hazie  10/10/2005
I think it's a lovely name, but that could just be because it's my mother's name. She gets upset when people try to call her "Tonya", which is the common pronunciation but hers is pronounced just as it is spelled: TAN-ya. It just flows from your mouth like a song.
-- JordanElizabeth  1/8/2006
My name is Tanya. I pronounce it "Tonya". I find it really annoying when people pronounce it TAN-ya. I read the other comments and figured I'd add one myself. Never really liked my name because when I was younger I was made fun of because of my name. They called me Petunia. You think that would seem bad since it's a beautiful flower but I didn't like it.
-- chris22_1_86  4/11/2006
Tanya is the name of Fievel's sister in Fievel Goes West.
-- lawruh  4/21/2006
This is my name. I followed the history of the name to Titus an Etruscan king before Romulous -- this may or may not be true. Contrary to many name books Tanya DOES NOT mean fairy princess. Tatiana was the name of the fairy princess in Shakespeares "Midsummers Nights Dream," and I believe that this is where the impression that this name means fairy princess came from.
-- Talisyn  5/19/2006
The name of the fairy queen in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream is Titania, not Tatiana.
-- Kosta  6/13/2006
My name is pronounced "Tahn-ya" I have always thought that it would be better spelled "Tawnia OR Tawnya" I do not like the spelling "Tonya" because to me, that is "Toen ya"
-- Talisyn  5/19/2006
Famous bearer is Tanya Tucker. (Tan-ya)
-- Talisyn  5/19/2006
Tanya Roberts played Midge on "That 70's Show" for three years.
-- Tudor  6/14/2006
I knew a lady from Finland and her name was spelt Tanja, I like it with the J better.
-- bellaboo  10/17/2006
Tanya was the alias used by Patty Hearst during her time with the Symbionese Liberation Army. (You younger folks may have to look that one up)
-- elizabeth hamlet  10/19/2006
There are many orgins and meanings to this name. Tanya was derived from Tatiana. Which has meaning of saints name and also a Fairy Queen. Other names related to this is Tania and Tonya.
-- Tito82  12/14/2006
Tanya is a fundamental text of Chabad Chassidic philosophy, written by the movement’s founder, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi in the 18th century. 'Tanya' is the first word of the book, which is also called Likkutei Amarim ("Collected Discourses") and Sefer shel Beinonim ("The Book of the Intermediates").
-- ElizainEngland  8/2/2007
My name is Tanya, and I pronounce it like Tonya. A lot of people either pronounce it wrong, or spell it wrong. Someone once pronounced my name as Tainya, and someone has spelled it like Toyna. I don't see how it is that hard to spell it. :P Sometimes pronouncing might be hard.
-- TanyaLovesTanya  1/12/2008
I think the name is ok. It sounds prettier as Tatiana.
-- TanyaLovesTanya  1/12/2008
Special Agent Tanya Adams was a character in the video game Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Red Alert 2.
-- Zepton  8/31/2008
I much prefer the Tonya spelling over Tanya. The other spelling of Tonya is much prettier. It means Priceless.
-- Anonymous User  9/16/2008
My name is Tatiana. I get tons of complements on it, but it's difficult to shorten. I refuse to go by Tanya since people would definitely say TAN-ya, which I don't like at all. I don't care for it with a long vowel either, for that matter. People give me all sorts of stupid nick names though like Toddy and Tati (Ta-tee). Oh well! Most people just call me by my full name.
-- Anonymous User  10/6/2008
I love the name Tanya, I also like the other form Tonya. A very pretty name. I'd consider this name if I ever have a daughter.
-- blueeyesparkle  2/14/2009
Tanya sounds very bitchy and trashy. It's an ugly name.
-- bananarama  8/1/2009
Tanya sounds nice in Russian, but it's more of a chav name in English.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2009
This is the middle name of singer Nicki Minaj whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.
-- ebenezer_scrouge  9/19/2011
The name Tanya was given to 202 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/17/2013
It means "daughter" in Sanskrit.
-- Samantha Carter  11/18/2013
First I used to hate my name. Now I like it.
Occasionally I will get someone mispronouncing it. The "americanized" way, Tan-ya. It is a Russian name, there is no short a sound in the Russian language. Also there is no Russian spelling Tonya. If Tonya was used it would be be pronounced Tone - ya and would rhyme with Sonya.
-- novak69  7/7/2014
I was told that my name means princess/queen of the fairies and that's what a lot of other websites told me all my life and I'm really pissed off because IVE BEEN LIED TO my whole life and I'm really upset that it doesn't mean that... and if anyone calls me tonya I will die and hate them! Don't call me Tonya, its TANYA that's why there's an A, not an O- gosh!
-- imtanya  8/25/2014
I love the name Tanya. It's gorgeous and classy. C;
-- Anonymous User  1/28/2015
Tanya Sloan was the Yellow Ranger in the TV series Power Rangers Zeo, and the first Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers Turbo.
-- PinkJazzX  3/23/2015
A famous bearer of this name is Taniya Nayak, a designer who appeared in Restaurant: Impossible. (Though it's spelled slightly differently, it's the same name.)
-- Anonymous User  3/31/2015
My mom's name was Tanya pronounced like tah-nya not taw-nya. I always thought they were two different names. I like her name better. I'm glad she didn't find out her name doesn't mean fairy queen before she died but she wouldn't have believed it anyways.
-- Ashleyaugust  5/29/2015
This is my name - Tanya - it has ALWAYS been pronounced Tan Ya (just like that) I do not care for "Tonya" pronunciation, but I don't get all bent out of shape if someone says it that way. My parents are Russian and it just so happens that I, my sister, and brother, were all named after the Russian Royal Romonov family, brutally killed at the hands of their captors. Yes - the name certainly does mean "Fairy Princess" it is a derivative of both Tatiana (Russian version of Tanya) and Titania (Old-English - Saxon version). Titania was the other name for Queen Mab and therefore Tanya means Fairy Princess. It has also been the given name of many Russian and Ukrainian Royals with the derivative of Tatiana. Also, the person, who had stated a bad slur against the name in the comments sounds jealous and petty. Please do not make nasty comments about other people's names, whether you had a bad experience with a Tanya previously or not. One could say the same about your name as well.
-- tanya1977  7/11/2015
Russian pronunciation is TAHN-yah.
-- Ambiversion  8/11/2015
I pronounce my name Tan-ya, as in the United States pronunciation should be. I am often called Tonya and do not like it at all. As for those saying they hate the name, or it is trashy and not classy... I get compliments on my name all the time. It is very unusual in the United States. Tonya is very common, but Tanya is not. I was born in 1975 and have only personally known 1 other person who spelled and pronounced their name the same as I do. I know Tanya Tucker is a famous person with that name and can't count the times people would reference her when I said my name... lol.
-- TanyaFaith  9/4/2015
There's an alternative folk band called the Be Good Tanya's. I just recently discovered them, don't know much about them, but the songs of theirs that I've heard are *really* good and catchy!
-- El is a Beth  1/4/2016
The name Tanya was given to 104 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
My name is Tanja pronounced Tahn-yah... My mom wanted to name me Tatiana.. but my dad, who was German wanted the German spelling. I have always hated my name. People always want to pronounce it different ways. I get called Tan-Ja, and Hispanics always want to say Tahn-Ha. My nickname is T. J or Teej. It's just annoying, but I have gotten to the point where I will just answer to whatever, lol.
-- Tanjalee  6/30/2016
Tanya Tucker (b. 1958), famous country singer.
-- DundiculutNicholas  2/6/2017
Hello to everyone whose name is Tanya! While there are many ways to pronounce our name, it is up to us to correct people when it is mispronounced. Our mothers and/or fathers named us, and they knew how they wanted it to be pronounced. In my case, my name is pronounced Tan-ya. I see many people announcing how they hate their name being pronounced this way; believe me, I have been called Tawnia or Tonya, like many others, most of my life. Yes, it is annoying and frustrating when you correct people but they can't seem to get it. Such is life, I suppose. Like my mother, I named my daughter a name that is always mispronounced. I didn't mean to do so; however, people always pronounce my daughter's name as Brittney not her given name, Brittany (Britt-any: like Tiffany or Stephany). Hers is a little more tolerable for her and close enough that she doesn't ever correct anyone. As a mother, I have asked if she would correct people, but she is comfortable with society dictating how it her name "should be pronounced." I say, let's all love the name our mothers and/or fathers gave to us. And, also, suggest we shall always educate people to ask us first how to pronounce our name properly if they mispronounce it at first. Love to all... Tanya.
-- TanyasInTheHouse  2/12/2017
Tanya Callau is a producer and actress, known for Unusually Thicke, Home & Family and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. She was previously married to Alan Thicke.
-- cutenose  2/25/2017

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