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Gender: F Meaning of Sophia: "wisdom" Origin of Sophia: Greek Sophia's Popularity in 2015: #3

Sophia, which was the Number 1 girls' name in the US from 2011 to 2013, has a sensuous sound and high-minded meaning. Sophia's been chosen by several celeb parents, and reached the top of the charts without losing any -- okay, much -- of its sophisticated beauty. Sophia's a real winner.

Like its sister baby names Isabella and Olivia, Sophia has gained widespread favor by appealing to a broad range of parents: Intellectuals who like it for its meaning and those attracted to its femininity, parents who want a classic name and those looking for a name with Latin roots --the Sofia spelling is also popular. Sophie is the French version of the name, more popular than Sophia in some parts of the world. Legend Sophia Loren was originally Sofia.

The name was first famous via St. Sophia, venerated in the Greek Orthodox church--St Sophia was the mother of three daughters named Faith, Hope and Love. It was first used in England in the seventeenth century and was the name of George I's both mother and wife.

Sophia has been an author favorite from the days of early novelists like Henry Fielding (Tom Jones) and Jane Austen (Persuasion) to the TV scriptwriters of today (The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black).

Sophia's only downside is its huge popularity. Alternative baby names you might want to consider: Sophie, Seraphina, Susannah, Zofia.

Famous People Named Sophia

Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, Queen consort of Prussia, wife of Frederick William I
Sophia of Nassau (Sophia Wilhelmine Marianne Henriette zu Nassau-Weilburg), Queen consort of Sweden and Norway
Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, first Queen consort in Prussia, wife of Frederick I
Sophia Dorothea of Celle, Electress of Hanover, repudiated wife of King George I of Britain
Sophia Bush, American actress
Sophia Loren, Italian actress
Sophia Matilda, daughter of King George III of Britain
Sophia Alekseyevna, regent of Russia
Sophia Grace, English child singer
Alice Sophia Eve, American actress
AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
Aelia Sophia, Empress consort of Justin II of the Byzantine Empire
Sophia of Halshany, queen consort of Jogaila, King of Poland
Sophia Jagiellon, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Sophia of Minsk, queen consort of Valdemar I of Denmark
Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne, American painter and wife of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sophia Kokosalaki, Greek fashion designer
Sophia Myles, English actress (pronounces it "so-FY-a")
Sophia (b. 2014) , daughter of English socialite Tamara Ecclestone
Sophia Amoruso, founder of online vintage clothing shop Nasty Gal
Sophia Aurora, daughter of band Korn's drummer David Silveria
Sophia Gennusa, American actress
Sophia Müller, Indonesian actress and singer

Pop Culture References for the name Sophia

- Sophia, Japanese rock band
- Sophia, the main antagonist in the "Fallen" book series, by Lauren Kate
- Sophia Berkley, the main protagonist in "The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley" (1607), by an anonymous young lady
- Sophia Western, character in "The History of Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding
- Sophia Burset, character on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
- Sophia Lopez, character on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
- Sophia Peletier, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
- Sophia Petrillo, character on TV's "The Golden Girls"
- Sophia Hapgood, character in video game "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis"
- Sophia Esteed, character in video game "Star Ocean: Till the End of Time"
- Sophia, character in video game "Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi"
- Sophia, character in anime "Yu-Gi-Oh!"
- Sophia Forrester, character in animated TV series "Last Exile"
- Sophia Tutu, character on animated TV series "The Raccoons"

Soph, Saffi, Sophey, Sophee

Sophia's International Variations

Sophie (French) Sonia, Sofiya, Sofka, Sonyusha, Sonya, Sonyuru (Ukrainian) Sonja (Norwegian) Zofka, Zofie, Zofia (Czech) Zosha, Zocha, Zosia (Polish) Safa, Safiyah (Arabic) Sohvi (Finnish) Chofi, Chofa, Soficita, Fifi (Spanish) Sofija (Croatian) Tzophiah (Hebrew) Zsófika, Zsófia (Hungarian) Sophoon, Sophronia, Sofi (Greek) Sofya (Turkish) Sophi, Sofie, Sophy (Persian)