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Gender: F Meaning of Sophia: "wisdom" Origin of Sophia: Greek Sophia's Popularity in 2012: #1

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Sophia, which hit the Number 1 baby names spot in the U.S. in 2011, 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.

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Famous People Named Sophia

Sophia Bush, American actress
Sophia Loren, Italian actress
Sophia Grace, child singer and internet sensation
Alice Sophia Eve, American actress
Sophia Richie, model and sister of Nicole Richie
AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
Sophia of the Palatinate, Electress of Hanover from 1692 to 1698
Sophia Kokosalaki, Greek fashion designer
Sophia Myles, English actress
Sophia (b. 2014) , daughter of Tamara Ecclestone
Sophia Amoruso, founder of an online vintage clothing shop called Nasty Gal

Pop Culture References for the Name Sophia

Sophia Burset, Orange is the New Black character
Sophia Peletier, Walking Dead character
Sophia, Yu-Gi-Oh! character

Saffi, Soph, Sophee, Sophey

Sophia's International Variations

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