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Sophia Meaning


What does Sophia mean?

The name Sophia is of Greek origin.

The meaning of Sophia is "wisdom".

Sophia is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 6 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced So-phi-a.

The Given Name Sophia

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 Sophie has also been quite popular.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Sophia Bush, Sophia Croft, and Sophia Loren.

Sophia Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 5 in baby name popularity for girls with 13,928 occurrences. It ranked 5,962 in baby name popularity for boys with 15 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 5 in baby name popularity for girls with 14,883 occurrences. It ranked 5,071 in baby name popularity for boys with 19 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.

Sophia Related Names

Variants of the name Sophia include Sofia.

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

Famous Sophias

  • Sophia Bush ~ Actress
  • Sophia Croft ~ Persuasion character
  • Sophia Loren ~ Actress
  • Sophia Myles ~ Actress

Sophia Numerology

What will your new littleSophia be like?

It may all be in the numbers.

The numbers that make up your child's name.

Numerology may give you some insight.

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Sophia 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.