What does Sophia mean?
Sophia \s(o)-phia\ as a girls' name is pronounced so-FEE-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Sophia is "wisdom". Used in English-speaking countries since the 17th century. The famous Isatanbul mosque Hagia Sofia was once a Christian church. Sophie is the French form. Actresses Sophia Loren, Sophie Dahl.
For more information, see also the related girl name Posy.
Sophia has 1 more alternative form via Sofia: Sofiah.
Sophia has 1 masculine form: Sofus.
Sophia is a very prominent first name for women (#441 out of 4276, Top 10%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#116123 out of 150436, Top 77%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Sophia for girls. Sophia reached its top position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is presently at #3. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Sophia and associated names. Popular related forms of Sophia (#3 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000 are Sofia (#12 the previous year), Sophie (#91), Sonia (#946), Sonja, Sofie and Sonya. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity in 1999 (usage of 0.4737%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4211%, down 11.1%), with the forms Sonia, Sonya and Sonja becoming less trendy. Sofia (#12), Sophia (#3) and Sophie (#91) are three of the more chic girl names in this list, with these names going through a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)