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Borrowed in the twentieth century from the Russian pet form Таня (Tánja) of Татьяна (Tat'jána, Tatiana).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1989 Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ISBN 0151885338, page 298:
      "Did Tanya... why, by the way, was she named Tanya? It's not a Southern name, is it?"- - - "No," said Fanny, "it's as Russian as Vladimir. But only a few people ever pronounced it correctly. I always did. Most people said 'Tan-ya', like the color tan. She and her mother hated it when that happened, and complained. I suggested they replace the a in Tan with an o, but they preferred to make a lifelong habit of correcting people. - - -

Usage notes[edit]

Usually spelled Tania in the UK and Tanya in the US.