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The Baby Name Sonjia (from Sonja)

Sonja Henie, Photoplay

In 1938, the name Sonjia was the top debut name, being given suddenly to 19 baby girls. Where did it come from?

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

  • 1941: 567 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 268th]
  • 1940: 713 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 238th]
  • 1939: 861 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 203rd]
  • 1938: 1,116 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 180th]
  • 1937: 560 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 263rd]
  • 1936: 180 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 479th]
  • 1935: 92 baby girls named Sonja [rank: 704th]

Why the Sonja spike?

It was inspired by Norwegian Olympic figure skater Sonja Henie (SOHN-yah HEN-ee), whose first name is a diminutive of Sophia, meaning “wisdom” in Greek.

In the late 1930s, after dominating the world of figure skating for many years, Sonja decided to give Hollywood a shot. She boldly told a New York Times reporter: “I want to do with skates what Fred Astaire is doing with dancing.”

And you know what? That’s exactly what she did.

She starred in a string of box-office hits, including One in a Million (1936), Thin Ice (1937) with Tyrone Power (father of Romina and Taryn), and My Lucky Star (1938).

Her films and touring ice shows made her very wealthy and very famous — “the first international athlete-actress-superstar of modern times.” Today she’s credited with inspiring an entire generation of figure skaters.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Sonja?

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Baby Name Needed – Girl Name to Match Elise

I received this e-mail from a reader named Melissa two days ago*:

My 3 year old is Elise, and I need a girl’s name to go with it. I’m due in less than 2 weeks and we are STUCK! Please help!

Here are some names that might sound good with Elise:

Adele
Amelia
Angie
Anna
Annette
Audrey
Bianca
Camille
Carolyn
Celia
Clara
Flora
Helen
Josie
Lillian
Marie
Molly
Natalie
Nelle
Nina
Noelle
Petra
Simone
Sonya
Sylvie
Willa
Yvette

Some of the names that go with Lydia could also work.

Can you think of other names that go with Elise? (I’m sure Melissa would appreciate any and all suggestions, no matter how random.)

*This question was short and time-sensitive, so I posted it ahead of several others. I apologize to those I skipped over; I will get to your questions soon.

Update – The baby is here! Scroll down to the final comment (dated October 20th) to see what her name is.