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Quick Facts on Tanya

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Russian
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Tanya

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Tanya

Tanya is the Russian diminutive of Tatiana, which itself is a name of early Christian-Russian origin inspired by a 3rd century saint who was martyred in Rome for her Christian beliefs under the pagan Emperor Alexander Severus. Saint Tatiana’s father had been a Roman civil servant who secretly raised her with his Christian beliefs and eventually she became a deaconess in the Church. The Romans captured her and when she refused to pay homage to the Roman pagan god Apollo, she was blinded and tortured. Miraculously, an earthquake shook the Apollo temple and his statue fell. Unmoved, the Romans then threw her into a lion’s cage during a circus – but again, miraculously, the lions refused to come near her. Finally, she was beheaded. The Eastern Orthodox Church (Byzantium Empire) embraced this story more so than the western Roman Catholic Church, which is how Tatiana became particularly popular in Russia, Eastern European and Slavic nations. St. Tatiana is the patron saint of students. The name Tatiana is actually the feminine form of an old Roman family name Tatius, from the Latin “tatianus” of unknown origin. In Roman tradition, Titus Tatius was King of the Sabines in the 8th century B.C. who later co-ruled with Romulus over all the Sabines and Latins. Therefore, it is commonly believed that Tatiana is ultimately derived from an obsolete Sabine word with forgotten meaning.

Popularity of the Name Tanya

Oddly enough, Tanya actually predates Tatiana on the American female naming charts. She first debuted on the U.S. Top 1000 in 1939. Parents showed quick initial interest in the name during the 1940s and Tanya would continue to climb in popularity as the decades progressed. Her peak popularity was achieved in 1974 when Tanya was the 46th most favored baby girl’s name nationwide. It also became a crowd-pleaser within the African-American community spawning additional modern versions of the name: Tonya, LaTanya, Tania, Tanika, etc. Tanya fell off America’s Top 100 list in 1982 after a 13 year ride. The biggest single drop in usage for Tanya came in 1994 – the same year that American figure skater Tonya Harding was complicit in the brutal physical attack on her competitor (Nancy Kerrigan). Seems that contemporary parents no longer wanted their daughters associated with such a notorious name after that! Tanya kept falling in popularity as we turned into the 21st century and finally fell off America’s Top 1000 list in 2009 after an impressive 70+ year ride.
Popularity of the Girl Name Tanya
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tanya

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Tanya

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tanya

    Tanya We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Tanya.

  • Popular Songs on Tanya

    Popular Songs on Tanya

    Tanya - a jazz tune performed by Dexter Gordon

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Tanya

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Tanya

    Tanya and the Tobo Man (Lesley Koplow) - All children find the world a scary place at times. But when the fears linger and prevent them from enjoying life at home and adjusting well at school, professional help may be sought. In this beautifully illustrated book designed to help children who are entering therapy, Tanya seeks outside help to combat her imaginary demon, the invisible but terrifying Tobo Man. Written in both English and Spanish! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Tanya Steps Out (Patricia Lee Gauch) - Even the youngest of dancers will enjoy following Tanya as she learns new positions by imitating a cat, a frog, and an antelope in ballet class as children pull a tab to reveal a colorful illustration of the animal in the correct pose. There are several more titles in the Tanya book series written by Patricia Lee Gauch. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Tanya

    Famous People Named Tanya

    Famous People Named Tanya - Tanya Tucker (country musician); Tanya Roberts (actress); Tanya Donelly (musician); Tanya Huff (Canadian author); Tanya Stephens (reggae musician); Tanya Chua (Chinese singer/songwriter); Tonya Harding (notorious figure skater)

  • Children of Famous People Named Tanya

    Children of Famous People Named Tanya

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Tanya - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Tanya.

  • Historic Figures

    Tanya - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Tanya - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tanya.

Personality of the Girl Name Tanya

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Tanya

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