Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Saniya

Saniya is an Americanized respelling of an Arabic name Saniyya (سنيّة) which means “brilliant, radiant, splendid”. During the 1990s and onward several female names began to emerge in the United States with the “-iya(h)” suffix following the adoption of Aaliyah (a name popularized by a talented pop-singer who tragically died in an airplane crash in 2001). Now there are several different “-iya(h)” names on the American charts including: Aniya(h), Maliya(h), Janiya(h), Jaliya(h), Kaliya(h) and the list continues. Both Saniyah and Saniya have followed this trend. The “-iyah” craze may be a little overdone at this point, but many of these names can find their root etymologies in Arabic names (for instance Aaliyah means “exalted, sublime”). We do love the “radiant” etymology of Saniyya which perhaps gave birth to both Saniyah and Saniya. Although such names have experienced cross-cultural appeal, most of their popularity is owed to the African-American community.

All About the Baby Name – Saniya

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SANIYA

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SANIYA

Saniya debuted on the American female naming charts in 2003 and then got as high as position #494 on the Top 1000 list in 2007 (mild to low moderate usage). However in more recent years Saniya has been slipping back down the charts most likely due to the increased competition of all the “-iya(h)” names currently in rotation. Names like Saniya (and even more so Saniyah) are fanciful, elaborate female names with a hint of Arabic influence not typical of the traditional Judeo-Christian or Western naming styles. Saniya is therefore different, exotic and original. Not all parents will be drawn to these modern embellishments but there is certainly a market for them as whimsically different ways to name one’s child. We might call Saniya a particularly “splendid” choice!

Quick Facts

ON SANIYA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

924

PRONUNCIATION:

sә-NEE-ya; sә-NYE-ya

SIMPLE MEANING:

Brilliant, radiant

Characteristics

OF SANIYA

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Saniya

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SANIYA

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Popular Songs

ON SANIYA

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Famous People

NAMED SANIYA

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Children of Famous People

NAMED SANIYA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SANIYA

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