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Sophia Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Sophia is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Sophia is "wisdom".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 3  in baby name popularity for girls with 18490 occurrences.  It ranked 5401 in popular baby names for boys with 17 occurrences. 

View the Sophia Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Sophia has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Sophia to other names.


A classic feminine name, Sophia has been the number one U.S. girls name from 2011 - 2013.

The name Sophia first gained notoriety through St. Sophia a legendary saint who is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church and probably stemmed from a misinterpretation of the phrase Hagia Sophia meaning "holy wisdom".

The name has gained in popularity many times.

During the Middle Ages it was popular amongst European royalty.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, it gained in popularity in England due to the influence of the German royal dynasty, the House of Hanover, who inherited the British throne, and was used by author Henry Fielding in the novel Tom Jones (1749).

It again gained popularity in the 1940s and 50s due to the popularity of actress Sophia Loren.

In more recent years, the name has again seen an upswing in popularity.

It's French variation Soph


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Related Names

The names Sofia, Sofija, Sofiya, Sofya, Sohvi, Sophie, Tzofiya, Zofia, Zofie, Zsofia are all forms of Sophia.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Sophia Loren.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Sophia in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Sophia.

Just for fun, see the name Sophia in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Sophia in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

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