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Gender: Female Meaning of Sophie: "wisdom" Origin of Sophie: French variation of Sophia Sophie's Popularity in 2017: #106

The name Sophie is a girl's name of French, Greek origin meaning "wisdom". Sophie is ranked #106 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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, Duchess of Wessex is the wife of Britain's Prince Edward, and her name is scattered throughout European royal history.

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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Famous People Named Sophie

Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, birth name of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Sophie Amalie of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Queen consort of Frederick III of Denmark and Norway
Sophie of Württemberg (born Sophia Frederika Mathilde), Queen consort of William III of the Netherlands
Sophie Helene Cecilie, sovereign Princess consort of William of Albania
Sophie Blanchard (born Marie Madeleine-Sophie Armant), French balloonist; wife of Jean-Pierre Blanchard
(Carin) Sophie Adlersparre, Swedish feminist
Sophie Flack, America novelist and dancer
Sophie Tucker (born Sonya Kalish), American actress and singer
Sophie Sumner, English model
(Marie-)Sophie Germain, French mathematician
Sophie Marceau (born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu), French actress
Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor, English singer-songwriter
Sophie Helen Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex, wife of Britain's Prince Edward
Sophie, Princess of Greece and Denmark; sister of Britain's Prince Philip
Sophie Kinsella (born Madeleine Sophie Wickham), English novelist
Sophie Lowe, English actress
Sophie Zelmani, Swedish singer-songwriter
Sophie Vavasseur, Irish actress
(Marie-)Sophie Nelisse, Canadian actress
Sophie Nyweide, American actress
Sophie Charlene Akland Monk, Australian singer of group Bardot
Sophie McShera, British actress
Sophie Irene Loeb, American journalist and activist
Sophie Okonedo, British actress
Sophie Hannah, English poet and novelist
Sopho "Sophie" Shevardnadze, Russian journalist;granddaughter of Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
Sophie Tamiko Oda, American actress
Sophie Auster, American singer-songwriter
Sophie Dahl, English model, novelist, granddaughter of novelist Roald Dahl; inspiration for Sophie in "The BFG"
Sophie Quinton, French actress
Sophie Lara Winkleman, English actress
Sophie Wu, British actress
Sophie Dee, Welsh actress
Sophie Ward, English actress; daughter of actor Simon Ward
Sophie Ballantine Hawkins, American singer-songwriter
Sophia "Sophie" Choudry, British actress, singer and VJ
Sophie Evans, Welsh singer and actress
Sophie Grégoire, Canadian TV host; wife of politician Justin Trudeau
Sophie Gengembre Anderson, French-British painter
Sophie Delila, French singer-songwriter
Sophie Marguerite Daguin, French ballerina
Hester Sophia Frances "Sophie" Grigson, English cookbook writer
Sophie Magdalena Scholl, German anti-Nazi revolutionary
Sophie Calle, French writer and photographer
Sophie Braslau, American operatic contralto
Sophie Thibault, Canadian TV journalist
Sophie Aldred, English actress
Sophie Louise Anderton, English model
Sophie Antonie Luise Schröder, German actress
Sophie Blake, English TV presenter
Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist
Sophie Turner, Australian model
Sophie Turner, English actress
Sophie Lawrence, English actress
Sophie Thompson, English actress; sister of actress Emma Thompson
Sophie Lee, Australian actress
(Maria) Sophie von La Roche, German novelist
Sophie Kennedy Clark, Scottish actress
Sophie Politt-Cohen, American author
Sophie Rundle, English actress
Sophie Rostopchine, Countess of Ségur, French children's novelist
Sophie Price, English glamour model; sister of model Katie Price
Sophie Cookson, English actress
Sophie Muller, American music video director
Sophie Clarke, American reality TV personality of "Survivor"
Sophie Wilson (born Roger Wilson), English computer scientist
Sophie Kasaei, British Reality TV personality of "Geordie Shore"
Sophie Briard-Auconie, French MEP
Sophie Joissains, French Senator
Sophia Helena "Sophie" in 't Veld, Dutch MEP
Sophie Jane Raworth, English broadcast journalist
Sophia Theresa "Sophie" Pemberton, Canadian painter
(Maria) Sophie Weber, Austrian singer; sister-in-law of composer W.A. Mozart
Sophie, Princess of Sweden (Sofia Vilhelmina Katarina Maria Lovisa Charlotta Anna), Grand Duchess of Baden
Sophie Caroline Marie, Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Sophie Marie Franziska Antonia Ignatia Alberta, Princess of Hohenberg, daughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
Sophie Friederike Dorothea Wilhelmine, Princess of Bavaria; Archduchess Franz Karl of Austria; twin of sister Maria Anna Leopoldine Elisabeth Wilhelmine
Sophie Augustine Ida Karoline Pauline Agnes Elisabeth Ernestine, Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Sophie Antoinette, Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Duchess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; great-grandmother of Queen Victoria
Sophie, Princess of the Netherlands (Wilhelmine Marie Sophie Louise); daughter of William II; one-time Dutch heir to the throne
Sophie Caroline Marie Wilhelmine, Princess of Luxembourg; daughter of Grand Duke William IV
Sophie Hunter, English theatre director; wife of Benedict Cumberbatch
Sophie Diana Schmidt, Canadian soccer player
Sophie Crumb (b. 1981), daughter of comics artists R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky
Sophie von Haselberg (b. 1986), American actress; daughter of Bette Midler
Sophie Simmons (b. 1992), daughter of KISS bassist Gene Simmons
Sophie Cathérine Napoléon (b. 1992), daughter of Charles, Prince Napoléon, heir to the Imperial House of France
Sophie Shalhoub (b. 1993), daughter of actor Tony Shalhoub
Sophie Hoblit (b. 1995), daughter of actress/model Debrah Farentino and director Gregory Hoblit
Sophie al-Abdul (b. 1996), daughter of singer Diana Haddad and Suhail al-Abdul
Sophie Michaels (b. 2001), daughter of SNL creator Lorne Michaels
Sophie Ostroy (b. 2003), daughter of actress Adrienne Shelly and Andy Ostroy
Sophie Rubin (b. 2004), daughter of actress Julia Ormond and Jon Rubin
Sophie Magnelli (b. 2006), daughter of tennis player Sandrine Testud and coach Vittorio Magnelli
Sophie Matthew (b. 2009), daughter of golfer Catriona Matthew
Sophie Neville (b. 2010), daughter of footballer and coach Gary Neville
Sophie White (b. 2014), daughter of model and Miss Ireland 1998 Andrea Roche and Rob White
Sophie Bevington (b. 2014), daughter of rugby union player Ryan Bevington

Pop Culture References for the name Sophie

Sophie Sheridan, character in novel "The One Apart" by author Justine Avery
Sophie Zawistowska, main character in William Styron's "Sophie's Choice"
Sophia "Sophie" Collins Ashdown Lightwood, character in the Infernal Devices trilogy
Sophie Fatale, character in the Kill Bill film series
Sophie Abramowitz, character in the "Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls" series
Sophie Hatter, character in 1986 fantasy book, and 2004 anime film "Howl's Moving Castle"
Sophie Devereaux, character on TV's "Leverage"
Sophie Martinez, character on TV's "Cory in the House"
Sophie Maes, character in movie "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People "
Sophie, main character in Roald Dahl's "The BFG"
Sophie Bergmann, character in video game "Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami o Tsugu Shōjo"
Sophie Burton, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Sophie Kowalsky, main character in movie "Love Me If You Dare"
Sophie Neveu, character in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"
Sophie Newman, main character in Michael Scott's "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel"
Sophie Simpson, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Sophie Fairfax, character in Heather Vogel Frederick's Mother-Daughter Book Club series
Sophia "Sophie" Mercer, main character in Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie Oseransky, character in movie "The Whole Nine Yards"
Sophie Sheridan, character in musical "Mamma Mia"
Sophie Webster, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
Sophie King, character in movie "Cyberbully"
Sophie Parker, main character on Canadian TV series "Sophie"
Sophie, Colonel Potter's horse on M*A*S*H
Sophie Elizabeth Foster, Main Character in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger
Sophie, from the School for Good and Evil book series
Sophie Amundsen, main character in "Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy" by Jostein Gaarder
Sophie, character in "Lights Out" by David F. Sandberg
Sophie, character in video game Tales of Graces
Sophie Neuenmuller, character in Atelier Sophie: Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Sophie Krustofsky, Krusty the Clown's daughter on TV's "The Simpsons"
Sophie Benjamin, character on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
Sophie, character in webcomic "The Rainstorm"
"Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker," TV movie
"Sophie Roux", song by the band Lady Danville
Sophie Cardona, character on Netflix's "Greenhouse Academy"
Sophie Battersea Greenaway, character in Joan Aiken's "Wolves Chronicles" series
Sophia "Sophie" Williams Aubrey, wife of Captain Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's "Aubrey-Maturin" series


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?