How popular is the baby name Sonja in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Sonja and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Sonja.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Sonja

Number of Babies Named Sonja

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Sonja

The Baby Name Sonjia (from Sonja)

Sonja Henie, Photoplay

In 1938, the name Sonjia was the top debut name for baby girls. Where did it come from?

It’s a misspelling of the name Sonja, which nearly doubled in popularity the same year:

  • 1936 – 180 baby girls named Sonja
  • 1937 – 560 baby girls named Sonja
  • 1938 – 1,116 baby girls named Sonja, 19 named Sonjia
  • 1939 – 861 baby girls named Sonja, 13 named Sonjia
  • 1940 – 713 baby girls named Sonja, 26 named Sonjia
  • 1941 – 567 baby girls named Sonja, 20 named Sonjia

Why the Sonja spike?

It was inspired by Norwegian Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie. After dominating the world of figures skating for many years, she transitioned to a Hollywood film career in the late 1930s. She starred in a string of box-office hits, including Thin Ice (1937) and My Lucky Star (1938).

Her name is a form of Sonya, the Russian diminutive of Sophia.

Baby Name Needed for Ethan’s Little Sister

A reader named Kathy is expecting a baby girl in December. She’d like some help coming up with a name. She writes:

I have a 25 month old named Ethan. I have loved that name but am sad to see it’s become so popular. I would like suggestions for a feminine, unique girl name if you have some.

Kathy does like the name Ava, but feels it’s too popular to use.

She also mentions that the baby will be of German/Irish extraction and have a 2-syllable surname that starts with an h (think Hofler).

Ethan and Ava are short, simple, traditional names. But they both happen to be very popular right now. So I looked for girl names that have a similar profile, but that aren’t quite as popular (i.e. none are top 20).


Now, Kathy did use the word “unique” in her e-mail. None of the above names could be described as unique. In fact, I don’t think any baby name is unique in a literal sense. But here are some names that weren’t popular enough to make the top 1,000 in 2009.


Which of these names do you like best with Ethan? What other names would you suggest to Kathy?

Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

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Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

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If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”

(Here are some palindromic names from last month.)