Eng (SONE-yah); Germ (ZONE-yah)
Sonia could also be from the Hindi word sona सोना meaning “gold.”
In South Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, the name has been used as an independent given name since at least the turn of the 20th-century.
In the English-speaking world, the name was popularized by a 1917 eponymous novel by Stephen McKenna.
Currently, Sonja is the 297th most popular female name in Germany, (2011)
Other forms of the name include:
- Soňa (Czech/Slovak)
- Sonia (English/Italian/Portuguese/Romanian/Spanish)
- Sonya (English/Russian)
- Sonja Соња (Croatian/Dutch/Estonian/Finnish/German/Icelandic/Macedonia/Polish/Scandinavian/Serbian/Slovene)
- Sonje (German)
- Szonja (Hungarian)
The name is borne by Norwegian figure skater and actress, Sonja Henie (1916-1969).