ABOUT TONYAThere is no certain knowledge about the first establishment of Tonya but it is understood that it was between the end of 13th century and the beginning of 14th century. With the conquest of Trabzon by the Turks in 1461, Rum Pontus Empire's sovereignty came to an end.
Ottoman Period went by with the transculturation of native Rums and Turkish people, who came as immigrants. In this period, both Rum and Turkish cultures interacted with each other. This interaction shows itself even today. It is possible to see marks of the interaction in some of the local people's beliefs and traditions.
After the World War 1, Ottoman Empire's territories were shared by Allied Powers, Russia invaded the Eastern Black Sea Region. Tonya was invaded on 16th of July in 1916 and with the fall back of Russia, on 18th of February in 1918; Tonya regained its freedom.
On March 5, 1954, with the separation from Vakfikebir, Tonya became a town. It was called as Middle District during the years when it was a town.
There are many speculations on how the name “Tonya” was given to the town. Among these, the most logical one is that a Rum landlord had a daughter named “Tonya” to whom the area was given as trousseau, that's why the name of the town stayed as Tonya.