Gender: Female Meaning of Sofia: "wisdom" Origin of Sofia: Greek Sofia's Popularity in 2018: #17

Sofia Origin and Meaning

The name Sofia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "wisdom".

Sofia is a variation of the Greek name Sophia, which was derived directly from sophia, the Greek word for wisdom. It was the name of a Roman saint—the mother of Faith, Hope, and Charity—and queens of Russia and Spain. Sonya is the Russian form of Sofia.

Sofia is the elegant choice of several celebs; Lisa Remini, Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy all named their daughters Sofia.

The Sofia, vs. Sophia, spelling is widely used throughout Europe, in Italy, Spain, and throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Sofia is the Number One girls' name in Italy and in the Top Ten in Chile, Denmark, and Spain. In the U.S., the Sophia spelling ranks Number 5, but Sofia is now just outside the Top 10.

16 names similar to Sofia

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Sofia. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Sofia, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Sofia using our baby name generator.


Rank in US: #17

- this week

Famous People Named Sofia

Pop Culture References for the name Sofia



Lebloom Says:


Just a thing, the Greek word is actually Sofia, not Sophia (the ph is use for the English language) so in fact, the rest of the spelling such as Sophie, Sophia, etc are variants of this name.

fifi_forever Says:


My name is Sofia and at first I hated it bc everyone spelled with a ‘ph’ but I think it rly grew on me.

ps: My Ukrainian mom thought of the name and she always calls me Sonya, the Russian diminutive

Isabella_188 Says:


Even though it has a pretty meaning, I wouldn't use it. It just looks way too much like sofa!!!

Isabella_188 Says:


Why, though? At first glance, Sofia looks too much like sofa!!!

Isabella_188 Says:


Why, though? It looks like sofa at first glance!

Isabella_188 Says:


Why? At first glance, it looks like sofa!!!

Isabella_188 Says:


Honestly, I don't get the appeal of this name whatsoever. I've met a bratty, mean girl named Sofia, and we couldn't stand each other. Also, the name isn't that pretty-sounding, and at first glance, it looks like sofa!!!

Isabella_188 Says:



Isabella_188 Says:


I know, right!

Isabella_188 Says:


Honestly, I agree.

Msvlz Says:


Technically Sophia and Sofia are the same name but I don’t like this spelling variation. When I take a first glance at the spelling Sofia it looks like sofa!

DangerSnowman Says:


What's the downside?

DangerSnowman Says:


YES!! My name's Sofia, but I know way more Sophias. Nameberry should make a poll for which spelling people prefer.

GenEric Says:


I love this name, particularly this spelling. However, it's way too popular. Let's just put it on the backburner for the next 20 years.

Ashley Zhang Says:


Well in a book of mine a girl is called Sofia and she is so-on-fire (I mean she is really hot for a 13-year-old)

cabosanmucus Says:


Officially, this is the most popular girl's name in the entire world. More popular than Emma. Sofia is number one in 8 countries, if you add Sophia to the mix we're reaching singularity.

sunshinexoxo Says:


Ah, I STRONGLY dislike this name. It looks too much like SOFA

Myanover Says:


It is a very common name

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


While he French variation Sophie is my favourite, ever since I was young I have liked Sofia more than Sophia. Don't get me wrong Sophia is a beautiful name, but personally I prefer Sofia.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Though it may be overused, I vastly prefer this to Sophia. I don't know. I just find it more visually appealing than the -ph in Sophia.

jaz.fortune Says:


I understand why it's popular. It's so pretty. I think this name will start to fall in popularity in a year or two. I don't really care about popularity, if you love it then use it :)

KaterinaEatsPeople Says:


Personally not a fan of "Sofia" or "Sophia" the name sounds too basic and sounds far too much like a name for a puppy or a kitten to me. But that's just me.

aquadoll Says:


I know someone with this name who pronounces it so-fire

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I love the meaning. ;)

EvaThyssen Says:


Here in Chile is full of baby Sofías. It's a beautiful name, but I'm tired of it. Give Sofía/Sophie/Sophia a break.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Some peoople seek this spelling as an alternative to the very popular Sophia, but it's the still the same name, just spelled differently. Call her name, little Sophias and Sofias will look up. It is also still very popular too, being in the top 20. Of course, you should use what your heart is set on, but if you want a more unique name, I would advise you keep looking.
Just my thoughts. :)

Guest Says:


For whatever reason, I like this way more than Sophia.