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Gender: Female Meaning of Sophia: "wisdom" Origin of Sophia: Greek Sophia's Popularity in 2017: #5

The name Sophia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "wisdom". Sophia is ranked #5 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Sophia, which was the Number 1 girls' name in the US from 2011 to 2013, is among the most popular girls' names in the Western World, with 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; it's actually even more popular than it appears, because alternate spelling Sofia falls at Number 14 on the US popularity chart. Alternative baby names you might want to consider: Sophie, Seraphina, Susannah, Zofia.

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Famous People Named Sophia

Saint Sophia the Martyr
Saint Sophia of Rome
Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, Queen consort of Frederick William I of Prussia
Sophia Wilhelmine Marianne Henriette of Nassau, Queen consort of Oscar II of Sweden and Norway
Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, Queen consort of Frederick I of Prussia
Sophia Dorothea of Celle, Electress of Hanover, repudiated wife of George I of Britain
Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, Queen consort of Gustav III of Sweden
Aelia Sophia, Empress consort of Justin II of the Byzantine Empire
Sophia of Halshany, queen consort of Jogaila of Poland
Sophia of Minsk, Queen consort of Valdemar I of Denmark
Sophia, Electress of Hanover, one-time heir to the British throne
Sophia Loren (born Sofia Villani Scicolone), Italian actress
Sophia Matilda, Princess of the U.K.; daughter of King George III
Sophia Alekseyevna, regent of Russia
Sophia Anna Bush, American actress
Sophia Grace Brownlee, English child singer
Alice Sophia Eve, American actress
Sophia Sampaio Abrahão, Brazilian singer and actress
AnnaSophia Robb, American actress
Sophia Jagiellon, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Sophia Yakovlevna Parnok, Russian poet
Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne, American painter; wife of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne
Sophia Kokosalaki, Greek fashion designer
Sophia Jane Myles, English actress (pronounces it "so-FY-a")
Sophia Amoruso, founder of online vintage clothing shop Nasty Gal
Sophia Elizabeth Gennusa, American actress
Sophia Müller, Indonesian actress and singer
Sophia Kiely, English actress
Sophia Blanche Lyon Fahs, American Unitarian author and religious leader
Sophia Alexandra "Sophie" Falconer Stewart (b. 1973), daughter of actor Patrick Stewart
Sophia Richards (b. 1975), daughter of actor Michael Richards
Sophia Stockwell (b. 1985), daughter of actor Dean Stockwell
Sophia Morris, daughter of singer Stevie Wonder
Sophia Tatum, daughter of actors Bradford Tatum and Stacy Haiduk
Sophia Stallone (b. 1996), daughter of actor Sylvester Stallone
Sophia Aurora Silveria (b. 1999), daughter of drummer David Silveria of band Korn
Sophia Madrien Soleil Bell (b. 2001), daughter of singer Tara McLean
Sophia Eva Meloni (b. 2001), daughter of actor Christopher Meloni
Sophia Rosalinda Bratt (b. 2002), daughter of actors Benjamin Bratt and Talisa Soto
Sophia Bana (b. 2002), daughter of actor Eric Bana
Sophia Lucinda Davison (b. 2006), daughter of actor Bruce Davison
Sophia Elizabeth Wormald (b. 2008), daughter of actress Julia Haworth and Jon Wormald
Sophia Law (b. 2009), daughter of actor Jude Law and Samantha Burke
Sophia Umansky (b. 2009), daughter of reality TV personality Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky
Sophia Laurent Abraham (b. 2009), daughter of reality TV personality Farrah Abraham ("Teen Mom")
Sophia Winans (b. 2010), daughter of gospel singer Juan Winans
Sophia Grace Mitchell (b. 2010), daughter of actor Benjamin Mitchell
Sophia Marguerite Kendrick (b. 2011), daughter of reality TV personality Stephenie LaGrossa and baseball player Kyle Kendrick
Sophia Ruby Crouch (b. 2011), daughter of model Abbey Clancy and rugby player Peter Crouch
Sophia Nalçacıoğlu (b. 2011), daughter of Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak and Murat Nalçacıoğlu
Sophia Ann Grace Donald (b. 2011), daughter of golfer Luke Donald
Sophia Jane Stewart (b. 2012), daughter of footballers Julie Fleeting and Colin Stewart
Sophia Rose Gareis Ghassemieh (b. 2012), daughter of actress Jennifer Gareis and Bobby Ghassemieh
Sophia Ecclestone-Rutland (b. 2014) , daughter of socialite Tamara Ecclestone and Jay Rutland
Sophia Olivia Murray (b. 2016), daughter of tennis player Andy Murray
Chloe Sophia Trump (b. 2009), daughter of Donald Trump, Jr.

Pop Culture References for the name Sophia

Sophia, Japanese rock band
Sophia, character in the "Fallen" series, by Lauren Kate
"The Adventures of Miss Sophia Berkley," novel and its main character
Sophia Western, in "The History of Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding
Sophia Burset, 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, in video game "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis"
Sophia Esteed, in video game "Star Ocean: Till the End of Time"
Sophia, in video game "Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi"
Sophia, character in anime "Yu-Gi-Oh!"
Sophia Forrester, in animated TV series "Last Exile"
Sophia Tutu, on animated TV series "The Raccoons"
Sophia "Sophie" Williams Aubrey, wife of Captain Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's "Aubrey-Maturin" series

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)