Tanya Name Meaning & Origin

Tanya

Pronunciation: TAH-nyə (key)

Origin of the name Tanya:

Originally a Russian pet form of Tatiana, which is of uncertain derivation.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Tania, Taniya, Tonya

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Nicknames for Tanya

Tan, Tanny, Tawny, Tawn, TanTan, T, Yana , Tawny, Mom, Wu Tan ma'am

Meanings and history of the name Tanya

1. Russian- Meaning the 'Fairy Queen'
2. I've actually done a lot of reading as to the orgins of Tanya. Of course, we do know that it comes from the pet name for the Russian Tatiana, however, I do have quams with it meaning "fairy queen"-- In Shakespears "Midsummers Night Dream" there is a Fairy queen named Tatiana- but there is no evidence that the names means fairy queen. In fact, to my understanding, the meaning of Tatiana is quite unsure. One source I've read did suggest that it dated back to Etruscan orgins and the surname Titus... but who knows?
3. I have had several Europeans ask me why may parents named me a "nickname", because they always thought that Tanya was a nickname to Tatiana and they were surprised that was not my real name.
4. It does NOT mean Fairy Queen. The only reference to Fairy Queen was due to the Queen of the Fairies being named Tatiana in Shakespeare's play Midsummer night dream. Tanya is a nickname for Tatiana and means worthy of praise.

Famous real-life people named Tanya

Tanya Donelly, an American Grammy-nominated singer songwriter and guitarist based in New England who co-founded Throwing Muses with her stepsister Kristin Hersh. She then went on to work in The Breeders and Belly in the 1990s.
Tanya Harding, figure skater
Tanya Tucker, American country singer
Tanya Hughes, American high jumper
Tanya Roberts, American actress
Tanya Dziahileva, Belorussian model

Tanya in song, story & screen

The mouse sister of Feivel in the kids animated movies 'An American Tail' and sequel 'Feivel Goes West' name is Tanya.
The two characters named Tanya in the movie Dr. Zhivago
A strawberry blonde part of the Denali coven in the Twilight Series.
Tanya Branning (nèe Cross), character in UK soap "Eastenders"
Tanya Buthaire - LEGO friends
Tanya Sealy, Black Mamba from Marvel comics

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