Ronya is a female given name, a variant spelling of Ronja, a Swedish female name which was first created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her children’s book Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (1981) (Ronja rövardotter in Swedish). Lindgren was apparently inspired by the name from Juronjaure, the name of a lake in north Sweden which gets it name from a Sami origin meaning “lake by a hill”, and which sounded similar to Sonja. I’ve also seen Ronja listed as a Russian pet-form of Veronika meaning “bringing victory” or “bearer of victory” made up from Ancient Greek elements pheros (to bring, bear carry) and nike (victory), although Ronja was extremely rare in Nordic countries before 1981.

I’ve also seen Ronya listed as a Hebrew female name, made up of Ron, a Hebrew unisex name meaning “song, joy” and ya יהa contracted form of Yahweh, the Hebrew name for God, so the name essentially means “song of Yahweh” or “joy of Yahweh”.

Nicknames: Ronnie/Ronny

Origin: Sami, Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew



  • Ronja (Swedish, Faroese, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Greenlandic)


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