I never liked this name. It sounds like a bully or someone with no class. I always associate it with the disgraced skater Tonya Harding. Tanya is a much nicer name.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2020
My name is Tonya, (I pronounce it TON-YA {like on with a t, then a with a y}) and I have grown to love it. When I was little I hated it being so uncommon and different, especially as I live in Ireland and only know of one other Tonya (who I was named after) but now I love having a unique-ish name.
― Anonymous User  1/4/2020
In 2018, 38 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Tonya* who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 444th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.

*as a first name, not a nickname.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2018
Tanya is much prettier.
kayisforkeen  8/20/2018
The celebrities from English-speaking countries named Tonya/ Tonja and their birth year. Compare it with the year of translation of "Doctor Zhivago" novel into English (1958) and screen adaptation (1965). And notice, that no one person was born before 1958! So it is quite clear that this name came to USA and other countries from the Pasternak's creation.
Tonja Buford-Bailey, American athlete born 1970
Tonja Christensen, American model 1971
Tonya Cooley, American model 1980
Tonya Crowe, American actress 1971
Tonya Edwards, American basketball coach 1968
Tonya Engst, American technology writer 1967
Tonya Harding, American ice skater 1970
Tonya Knight, American bodybuilder 1966
Tonya Massaline, American basketball player 1977
Tonya Pinkins, American actress 1962
Tonya Rouse, Canadian television journalist 1975
Tonya Schuitmaker, American politician 1968
Tonya Verbeek, Canadian wrestler 1977
Tonja Walker, American beauty pageant contestant 1960
Tonya Lee Williams, British-Canadian actress 1958.
Oleg P  8/21/2017
All the famous persons named Tonya were born since 1958. Especially many ones since 1965. So I think its popularity comes from Pasternak's novel and its screen version "Doctor Zhivago". One of the characters is Antonina or Tonya (wife of Zhivago).
Oleg P  8/20/2017
In Russian words, it is written "Тоня"
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  11/26/2016
It is Russian diminutive of Antonina.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  11/4/2016
Tonya is a diminutive of Antonina in Russian.
Saluton  9/4/2016
My name is Tonya. When I was a kid I was the only one I knew with my name, though I have met a few more over the years. I like my name and I'm sorry the one person didn't, but to each their own. The best story about the name Tonya: I work as a nurse with a mother and her daughter, Tonya. She called me "Nurse Tonya" and her "my Tonya". Well, her Tonya had a four wheeler accident and she was injured and needed to be cared for, for many years before she passed away. When I first worked with her again, she said "Hi Tonya" then broke down crying "There, I said your name." It made me cry also. And I am proud to be Tonya.
Tonyarae  4/7/2016
Actually the spelling of Tonya is Russian TON-YA.
trinarayray1  2/24/2016
My birth name was Tonya. I haven't liked the name since I was three years old. I used to have people call me something else because I never liked the way it sounded. I was actually embarrassed to have the name Tonya throughout my life. I legally changed it to Victoria, and I have never been happier! I am no longer embarrassed, and the public is a lot nicer to me. Only I would notice those things. The name Tonya didn't fit me. I never had any attachment to the name, and I would never want my birth name back. After I legally changed it, friends and family told me that I looked like I had a weight taken off of my shoulders. I hated having the name Tonya that much. It's nice not seeing it on anything anymore.
NameGame2000  10/7/2014
My middle name is Tonya and I love it. I have been addressed by it my entire life. In response to "name game" person you changed your name to my first name Victoria- funny.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2015
This is my name and I get so many different pronunciations from people. Some people say "Tone-ya", some say "Tahn-ya" and others say "Tawn-ya". All are correct depending on how the person's parents wanted it pronounced, but I pronounce it the last way.
No one ever spells it right either! They always want to spell it "Tanya" or "Tonia" and I even had one lady ask me if it was spelled with a y or a j!
bees knees  4/29/2012
Pronounced TAW-NYUH. I love the name.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2009
I think Tonya is classy and princessy sounding since it is short for Antonia. It also means priceless. Depending who you ask they might say it even means praiseworthy.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2009
Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias, also called Princess Marie Antoinette of Naples and Sicily (14 December 1784, Caserta Palace, Caserta, Italy - 21 May 1806, Royal Palace of Aranjuez, Aranjuez, Spain). She was the youngest daughter of Ferdinand, King of Naples and Sicily and Queen Maria Carolina. She was named after her mother's favorite sister, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2009
I know I have commented on this name in the past. But my name is Tonya! I read someone put that it is trashy. Well maybe you are stating that because you knew someone named Tonya who was trashy. But I can assure you, that the name Tonya is not trashy at all. I love my name. I also love where my name comes from. I know no other trashy Tonyas. I am not trashy and the name is not trashy. It is a very good, pleasing to the ear and legit name.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  12/7/2008
To the person a few posts up, the name Tonya is far from trash. There are so many kr8tive trendy trashy names out there. Tonya is far from any of those. Tonya is a beautiful name. It may seem 80ish, but it is more classy than that. It is a short form of the beautiful name Antonia. The name Tonya is not trash. People are welcome to have different name tastes. It is even fine to dislike the name in general. But to think the name Tonya is trashy, that just shows me you know nothing about the true background of names. The rest of us with good taste will just go on loving the name. :)
― Anonymous User  12/6/2008
Tonya is the name of Zhivago's wife in Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago."
English26  11/5/2008
Also used as a variant of Tanya.
Dray  6/30/2008
I do believe the meaning of Tonya is Priceless!
― Anonymous User  1/25/2008
This is a really beautiful name - I always think of a tomboy when I hear it.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2007
Tonya is the short form of Antonia. Famous bearers:
The movie Antonia
Antonia Minor
Auther Antonia Fraser
Queen Marie Antoinette (Antonia)
― Anonymous User  9/5/2007
Tonya did derive from Antonia. I can see how it can seem that it derived from many other similar names based on the other comments posted. But it derived from Antonia. It is a very pretty name. I love the name Antonia and Tonya.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2007
Pure trash.
― Anonymous User  7/5/2007
Tonya is derived from Antonia which was the female form of Anthony. So Tonya came from Anthony. It means Priceless.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2007
Tonya is pronounced (TAHN-ya).
― Anonymous User  3/26/2007
It's "TOH-nya".
gaelruadh19  1/27/2007
This is my name so I have to comment and say I like it. :) Actually I really do like my name.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/16/2007
Tonya is a very pretty name. I believe it derived from Tania FAIRY QUEEN! What a perfect name for a QUEEN!
cleopatraVII  12/21/2006
Also the name Tonya derived from Tania which dervived from Tatiana. Tonya also means fairy queen. Beyond praise, priceless, fairy queen.
Tito82  12/14/2006
I like the name Tonya. It's my name as well. I don't know many other Tonya's. Researching the name I have found the name Tonya to have originated from different origins. My name is Spanish meaning Praiseworthy and Priceless. At least that's what I found. I also came across the name could have derived from the Name Tatiana. I have seen Tonya used by English, Russian and Spanish.
Tito82  10/10/2006
Another comment to add about the name Tonya after doing some research on the name. It derived from the following names:
Antonio- English meaning Highly Praiseworthy.
Antonia- Spanish and Latin meaning beyond price.
Anthony- Latin meaning priceless.
Tatiana- Russian meaning a saints name. Also, Tatiana was a name used by shakespeare in a Midsummers Nights Dream. I think the name Tonya is beautiful and not to common. Lots of people tell me they like my name. It's neat to see how it derived from so many other names.
Tito82  10/10/2006
I think the name Tonya is absolutely a beautiful name. It's just a fun girly name with class. I like the spelling and pronunciation of Tonya better than Tanya.
LynnLynn  10/10/2006
I believe the name Tonya is a beautiful name. That is the name of my wife. Some known people with the name Tonya.
Tonya Kay - Professional Dancer
Tonya Harding - Professional figure skater
Tonya Bolden - Author
Yacob  10/10/2006

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