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What does Sophia mean?

Sophia Pronunciation of Sophia [sophia] 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.

Associated with: greek, wisdom, 17th century.


Sophia has 18 variants: Saffi, Sofia, Soficita, Sofie, Sofka, Sofy, Sofya, Sonia, Sonja, Sonnie, Sonya, Sophey, Sophie, Sophy, Zofi, Zofia, Zofya and Zosia.

Affiliated girl name: Posy.

1 more alternative form via Sofia: Sofiah.

1 masculine form: Sofus.

Creative forms:
(female) Sephia, Suphia, ..

(male) Sopio, Sosha, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sophia Melina (S.M.), ..

How popular is Sophia?

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)

Sophia reached its top position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 2013, and is presently at #3. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sophia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sophia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Sophia (#3 from current records) rated in the Top 2000 are Sofia (#14 from current records), Sophie (#104), Sonia (#1071), Sofie (#1374), Sonya (#1416), Zofia and Sonja. These relations of Sophia were at the apex of their popularity less than a decade ago (usage of 2.2%) and are almost as common today (usage 1.77%, 19.7% less), but with forms such as Sonia becoming somewhat dated. Sofia and Sophia are two of the more chic girl names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sophia, Sofia, Sofie, Sonia, Sonja in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sonya, Sophie, Zofia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sophia, Sofia, Sofie, Sophie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sophia is alike in pronunciation to Safia. Other recommended names are Aishia, Althia, Aphria, Bethia, Bithia, Cathia, Cordia, Doncia, Dosia, Hephzia (see Hephzibah), Hepzia (see Hephzibah), Ieshia, Ionia, Jocia, Kathia, Keshia, Lethia, Loria, Moia, Moraia, Moria, Novia, Orphia, Rhia, Richia, Sadia, Salvia, Samia, Sancia, Sanzia, Saphira, Sapphira, Saraia, Sarha, Sasha, Scotia, Seelia, Selia, Sephira, Shadia, Shalia, Shania, Shea, Shelia, Sheria, Shila, Shira, Silvia, Sindia, Sinthia, Socaria, Sohnia, Sokie, Soleil, Soma, Sonohma (see Sonoma), Sonoma, Sonora, Soraya, Stacia, Stasia, Sylwia, Syndia, Synthia, Syria, Thia, Toia, Tonia, Toria, Toshia, Tosia, Toskia, Tossia and Toulia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sophia.

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