it's pronounced Ron-ya. It's quite popular in some European countries. Astrid Lindgren used the name for the main character in one of her books. It probably is a Russian pet form of Veronica and means "bringing victory". There are several nicknames you could use for it, for example Roni (pronounced like Ronny/Ronnie) or Rory.

The name Ronja as it is used in Scandinavian countries, was invented by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her 1981 book Ronja Rövardottir. She said she got the inspiration from the Juronjaure, a lake in Sweden. in Russia, Ronya is a diminutive form of Veronika, but its the Swedish origin that is the cause of its current popularity in Scandinavia.
See Also: Veronica, Roniya

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