Meaning and name origin
Sophia \s(o)-phia\ as a girl's 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.
There is 1 masculine form of Sophia: Sofus.
Sophia is a very popular first name for females (#441 out of 4276, Top 10%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sophia for girls. Sophia reached its highest rank of #1 in the U.S. in 2013. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sophia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Sophia (#3), Sofia (#12), Sophie (#91), Sonia (#946), Sonja, Sofie and Sonya. (2014 statistics).