The name Sunniva is primarily used as a girl's name. It has two potential origins, which are English and Anglo-Saxon. The meaning of Sunniva is 'a gift of the Sun'. Among the people named Sunniva, there is the patron saint of the Norwegian Church of Norway Diocese of Bjørgvin, Saint Sunniva. With the same name, there is also a Norwegian handball player, Sunniva Næs Andersen, who presently plays for Vipers Kristiansand. Famous people bearing the name include Norwegian footballer Sunniva Skoglund, Norwegian expedition historian Sunniva Sorby, and Norwegian handball player Sunniva Næs Andersen.