Gender: Female Meaning of Sophie: "wisdom" Origin of Sophie: French variation of Sophia Sophie's Popularity in 2019: #86

Sophie Origin and Meaning

The name Sophie is a girl's name of French, Greek origin meaning "wisdom".

Sophie is the French form of the Greek Sophia, for which it is also commonly used as a nickname. Sophies are scattered throughout European royal history, including Sophie of Thuringia, Duchess of Brabant, Princess Sophie of Sweden, and in modern times, Sophie, Duchess of Wessex, the wife of Britain's Prince Edward. German-born Catherine the Great was born Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, but changed her name to Catherine upon her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy.

Sophie is Sophia's cuter, more irreverent near-identical twin. Which do you like better? And do you see them as virtually the same name or very different? While you definitely couldn't name sisters Sophie and Sophia, you may have both on your short list and consider them distinctly separate choices. Sophie is lively and down-to-earth, while Sophia is more sophisticated and buttoned-up.

Sophie was the choice of both Eric Clapton and Luke Perry, as well as of Bette Midler for her now-grown daughter.

Sophie Zawistowska is the Polish heroine of the iconic William Styron novel Sophie's Choice, played in the 1982 film by Meryl Streep—who would play the mother of a Sophie decades later in Mamma Mia!.

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Rank in US: #86

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Isabella_188 Says:


Sophie isn't popular at all in my area. I've met tons of Sofia's/Sophia's, but never a Sophie.

Isabella_188 Says:


I feel like Sophie is more grown up than Sophia, and here's why. The -Phia ending makes Sophia look frilly, and like the name of a princess when written, while Sophie looks more mature written.
I've also never met a Sophie before, so I might consider it if I have a daughter someday. :)

Isabella_188 Says:


I don't get the appeal of this name at all. It looks and sounds too much like soapy.

vintageisfave Says:


My name is Sophie, and although it was fairly popular the year I was born, I’ve never met another Sophie! Because of this I’ve never felt the consequences of its relative popularity and I’ve never had to be known with my last initial. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Sophie, but I think now it fits who I am perfectly and no other name would do that. :)

91flaviaj Says:


It's funny, but Sophia and Sophie convey totally different sensations to me. I'm not a big fan of Sophia but I really like Sophie, I find it much softer, delicate and sweet.

Edison_F Says:


My sister’s name. Definitely pretty common but I still think it’s a lovely name

Hayley Says:


My grandma's name was Sophie. She was the most amazing kind woman. I was her first grandchild and I meant the world to her. I know everyone says that, but she always made me feel like the most special and loved girl in the whole world. I don't have many memories of my early childhood, but most of my happiest ones were when I was with her, even when we would just be sitting on the couch watching Price is Right. Though she passed away when I was only 8 (17 years ago now, and still the most heartbreaking day of my life), I know she would be so proud of the woman I've become.

I never thought I'd be the type of person to name a child after a family member (I always thought it was a cheesy and old fashioned thing to do), but I just can't imagine giving my first born daughter any other name than Sophie.

Growing up I only knew one other Sophie, so I'm a little disappointed with how popular it's become, since to me Sophie is so much more than just a pretty name. But when I write that name down on her birth certificate (and all the many times after I write/read/hear her name), I will know how special she is to me and what her name means, and that's all that matters. <3

Smollie Says:


My name is Sophie. It was popular back then and still is, and even though there were other Sophie's in my class, I never felt any less unique. So if people are worried to chose Sophie for name because of popularity and fear of not having a unique name, it shouldn't matter. Besides, in my class there was one other Sophie, but there were also 2 Brodie's and 2 Shani's, and those names are a lot more uncommon!

Bobcat108 Says:


If I remember correctly, Bette Midler chose her daughter's name because she said Sophie sounded like the impoverished princess who had to marry the coarse commoner. I do prefer Sophie to Sophia, just as I prefer Sylvie/Silvie to Sylvia/Silvia.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Sophie would have to be in my top 5 favourite girl names of all times. I do like Sofia, but Sophie to me is so much sweeter.

sunshinexoxo Says:


Ah, I STRONGLY dislike this name. I don't understand why it's so popular.

dorris_the_brilliant Says:


You haven't met my sister then!

dorris_the_brilliant Says:


My sister has this name and she is annoying so if your child is annoying, you should call her Sophie.

Miri Says:


I love this name so much! Soft and cute, it's so perfect.

Jo Jo Says:


Such a darling name and I see it as distinctly different name from Sophia. However, I imagine many formal Sophia's may go by Sophie so I can't look past her popularity enough to use it on my own child. Kind of like meeting a Jenny amid a lot of Jennifer's.

paulapuddephatt Says:


So beautiful

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Much prefer this to Sophia. Sophie just seems a bit cuter to me.

Jazzy7 Says:


To me this is a nickname for Sophia. It's cute but I can't see it as just a first name, that's just me. I will use it as s nickname for my daughter

fromtheocean12 Says:


One of my best friend's names is Sophie and we call her Soph sometimes, but it's not a nickname that she goes by all the time. It's just a sort of nickname our friends call her. I personally don't think that Sophie needs a nickname, since it's already short and sweet.

Daphodil Says:


Soph, Fee, Fifi, Opi? :)

Anat Says:


I love this name and would like to name my daughter (due on early June) but im having difficulties with nicknames since it's already a short name. .. what are nicknames for Sophie ? Tnx!!

Anat Says:


I love this name and would like to name my daughter (due on early June) but im having difficulties with nicknames since it's already a short name. .. what are nicknames? Tnx!!

Ameliaxx Says:


One of my favourite girl names

Sophie Hudson Says:


I'm also a Sophie and every Sophie I EVER met was really cool and loving! It's a great name, with tons of nicknames and spelling options!

AlexxisLynn Says:


Seems like it's the name of an angel.

Impwood Says:


I know an adult Sophie, and it suits her well. :)

indiefendi2 Says:


Maybe I'm being nitpicky here, but why is it that Marie is pronounced correctly here in USA but Sophie isn't? Both have the same origin. Sophie is supposed to have emphasis on the second syllable: so FEE. but most say SO-fee. It's just a pet peeve of mine.

babymagic Says:


Far too popular these days, especially when you add in all those Sophias who go by Sophie as a nickname. Sylvie is a fresh alternative, or even Josie.

auroraelizabeth24 Says:


I named my now three year old Sophie Elizabeth, and I adore her name and it fits well with her personality.

MegE Says:


One of my favorite girl names!
Love it!❤

bootsie Says:


I actually greatly prefer this to Sophia. It just sounds sweeter and more grounded.

Catastroffy Says:


For some reason I have always preferred the Sophy and Sofie spellings.

unicornluvgirl Says:


I think this name is adorable! I could care less that it's popular, just because it is popular doesn't mean it's a bad name!

Rayah Says:


This is my name and i can honestly say that i love it. It works really well no matter your age, plus it has a great meaning. I have only met another two people with my name, the first was in my class at school and the other was a nurse at the hospital.

kitchi1 Says:


Love this name so much. It really sucks how popular it is. It totally ruins it for me.

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Sunshine.10 Says:


I agree that this might not age well. Depending on the person though, this could be a beautifully chic name for an adult.

MaryKathryn Says:


Such an adorable name, but how well will it age?