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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Wise One

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Sophia

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Sophia in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Sophia:

  • Records indicate that 246,427 girls in the United States have been named Sophia since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 22,158 people in the U.S. were given the name Sophia. Those people are now 9 years old.

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    Comments about the name Sophia

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      36 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Sofia and I'm Swedish. I love my name, it's one of more popular names in Sweden. Sofia is really melodic, sophisticated, elegant, beautiful name. Generally i gojust by Sofia, but my Mum calls me Vivi and is cute and childish. My husband sometimes calls me Fia, Fi, Fifi, or Toffifee :D or Sophie Toffi. I have friend from Ukraine, and she calls me Sofijka (saw-FEEY-kah) and it is wonderful. I think it's the best name ever, so I gave this name to my daughter and call her Vivi. My Mum call her Lilla Sofia (lilla means little in Swedish). If you want to make your daughter happy and appreciating her name, call her Sofia. Sofia is universal name, which fits little child, young girl, middle-aged woman and old lady. It sounds so smooth and delicate, but has strenght also." Aug. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sofia and I was named after my Greek grandmother. Spelling this name with an "f" is common to Greeks, the "ph" spelling is considered Italian, although I believe the name is used throughout the Mediterranean region. I love being of Greek heritage and this name does not belong to ones who are not of an Italian, Greek, or Spanish descent. It is a cultural name and should stay that way but unfortunately it is a popular name for children in the US today. Growing up there were never any other Sofia's in my classes. Today, I see tons of little girls with this name so the originality and culture has been lost." Apr. 4, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sofia and I was born over 35 years ago when is was not popular. I was named after my great grandmother who was born in the late 1800's. I have always loved my name, and was the only one that I knew for a very long time. There are too many Sofia's now. People find another name to give to your daughters - don't copy everyone else!" Dec. 6, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is sofia and i love it! one thing i dislike is when most people spell my name they spell it with a PH instead of a F but other then that i love it! i prefer my family members to call me sofie because it makes me feel special. even though the name is of greek orgin and means wisdom i am from afghanistan and live in new york. where i live, the name is not very popular, which is good because people wont confuse you then and there wont be any sofia"s in your class. in conclusion the name sofia is a wonderful name and your daughter would love the name when she grows up. take the advice your getting from a sofia!" Nov. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have 2 boys and have wanted a little blonde girl named Sophia since I first found out I was pregnant!" Mar. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My newborn neice is named Sophya Rose.It is spelled different and I think that it is a beautiful name." Mar. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Sophia, love it but having a problem w/ a nick name.. Just dont like Sophie" Sep. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Any middle name ideas?? Would love to name my future baby sophia... t.y" Aug. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "What Is Worng Naming Your Baby Girl Sophia? . Its A Nice Name Stop Whining About It ......." May. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and i have a twin sister and her name is Saida which is cool and i people always say you have lovely pretty names!!" Apr. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Sisters Name is Sophia My Mom Pick it Out Like She Picked The Other Names I am A Mariah My Brothers Name Is William Jacob Hannah Heather My Dad Pick It Out Before Sophia My mom Wanted to Name Her Emily Sarah . Sophia Is a Nice Name So Stop Whining About The Name God" Apr. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and every1 always complements it. I dont know what makes it such a beautiful name but evidently, many people are fond of it." Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love mine name i was almost victoria but i love my name just the way it is i love how it means wisdom" Jan. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sophia is my little girl's name and it just fits her! we get so many compliments! People say, what a beautiful name, for a beautiful baby!" Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Sophia 4 years ago. It's a beautiful name, but it is becoming very popular, and there's another girl in her preschool with the same name (thought different spelling -- Sofia)." Nov. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sophia is a lovely name. It fits my daughter Sophia perfectly. She does not like it when people shorten her name and refer to her as Sophie. She often says "Not to be rude, but I prefer Sophia"...that is her given name and I'm glad that she embraces it." Nov. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was going to called sophia but then my parents changed there mind and went with emma-christina instead.I really like the name sophia, and its better than emma. I act and there already is an actress with the same name so im changing my name to sophia." Jul. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the sophistication of this name. It's traditional, dignified, and strong." Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia an I LOVE it. When I was little I hated my name SO much but It's grown on me! Just my middle name means sea dweller so my friends make fun of me and call me "wise sea dweller" and my last name I have no idea what it means besides Lotz! People make fun of that too. But I still love my name! And it is SO not the new jennifer!" Apr. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My real name is Sophia, but I go by Sophie. When I was a kid I hated my name for some reason but now i love it. People always compliment my name and now I want to name my girl Sophia Rebecca like me." Mar. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have twins Sophia and Hope such beautiful girls. i just love the name!" Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am the mother of 11 children.i want each of my children to have a special name.when i named her i though of sophia loren.she is so i name her after her.she is so pretty and special.when you name your child you want a name they can be pround of.i have freinds that have name the children names i can not say.some perple think it is a old name.but my daughter loves her name.that is what is more important to any other parent." Dec. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello,my name is Sophia, and I absolutely love the name. Thought it may lose it's uniqueness after it has become so popular, I still think the name really is a unique and beautiful name, it almost makes the person who owns it seem more beautiful herself. I never used to like the name, but then I found out that Sophia represents "Wisdom", which shows the personality of the one who bears it. This name to me is a true honor to bear, with it's unique style, although it is rather popular these days." Sep. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Beautiful Name. Just think *Sophia Loren* and that says it all! :)" Aug. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My granddaughter's name is Sophia but we usually call her Sophie. It's a beautiful name regardless of it's popularity when she was born in 2004. She's a beautiful little girl with a name to match!" Jul. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is 5 years old and her name is Sophia. Everyone who meets her says, "What a perfect name for her". Regardless of what name you pick for your children I think it should match their personality. Even if her name is becoming more common, I think that is what happens to beautiful names." Jun. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Dad named me Sophia and I'm so glad because the name my Mom picked out SUCKED! Thanks Dad =)" Apr. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sophia is a classic name. The word "sophia" in Greek means "wisdom." I always associated it with Sophia Loren. We named our daughter Sophia. Love it, always have." Nov. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 3 yr. old is named Sophia and she is every bit as beautiful as her names." Aug. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and I was born in 1982. My mom named me after Sophia Loren and I just love it!!! Friends have always called me Sophie for short and my family has always called me Phia (leaving off the So). It's a great name!! I agree with your comment above about guys telling me the exact same thing." May. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named sophia in 1993 at first i really did not like my name but as soon as i looked up my name at the internet and i found out that it means wisdom and wise p;erson i really love my name and my last name wich is Luna.i really want to thank my wonder full mother for giving me a great name!" Apr. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby cousins name is Sophia Moon. She is a miricle baby.My aunt and uncle had twins a year ago but they died. Then they had Sophia. She was 6 months old when they found a tumer. It was very hard for us. But then when it was all over Sophia came home and always smiles. Her name is beautiful just like her." Feb. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and i love it, but i love to go by Sophie, the only thing i worry about though is that when i get older Sophie will be to child-like" Feb. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a gorgeous name! Unfortunately, it's very popular. It's still a beautiful name, though, also spelled Sofia." Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sophia is definately a sophisticated & sexy name!!" Jan. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Sophia in 1980. I never liked my name because it was "weird" and difficult to find personalized items. I went to a birthday party once, and the mom made goody bags for all the guests. Included in the goody bags were personalized memo books, but I got a generic rainbow one since there wasn't a memo book with the name "Sophia" on it. As I grew older and started dating, I was often told my name was sexy and seductive, and I changed my opinion. I love my name now, and I wouldn't trade it for the world!" Oct. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "This name is SO trendy, I just can't stand it anymore! Sophia/Sofia has been the most popular name in the US for 3 years straight, I guess it is the new Jennifer! C'mon, parents, let's get creative and choose something special instead of just following the trend!" May. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate the name Sophia. Sorry to say, but it is so common and sounds like an old lady." Aug. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Way overdone and unoriginal, started to sound cheap and tacky already!" Aug. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and I hate it its sounds stupid to say and no else has it im rarley called "Sophia" its always Sophie or Soph. Hopfully I will find a better name so I can change it sorry if this message affends anyone." Jun. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Stop naming your daughters Sophia. They will all have at least three friends named Sophia. And this includes Sofia. It's the new Jennifer. At least three new babies that I know of this year are named Sophia." May. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "I have a friend named Sophia and she's been one of my closest friends ever since I was 6 me and my other friends don't really call her any nicknames but when we do it's just soph :)" Jan. 4, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Sophia is Greeks and the most popular top 10 names in Greek was Anistasia bought Sophia is took over" Nov. 8, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia, and let me just say, it's really popular. It gets so annoying and I'm glad this year at school I am the only Sophia. But whenever I am out places a mom calls "Sophia!" and then I turn around because I think they're calling me, and then I see a little girl like 4 years old running to her mother. I just wish people would stop naming their children Sophia. Especially when they're origin isn't even Hispanic,(I'm Hispanic) Italian, or Greek. Just let the name keep its culture and go to the people who can have it!" Apr. 9, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know Sophia's who are absolute amazing people and Sophia's who are mean. The name is fine but I think it doesn't really deserve all the attention. I would never name my child Sophia because it's so popular for no reason" Jul. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Honestly, Sophia, Sofia, Sophya, whatever you spell it, it's so overused. It's a pretty name, but I wouldn't use it to name my child. I would use a more uncommon name. Sophia or whatever you spell it, is a good name but I wouldn't use it." Nov. 23, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Sofia is beautiful and has a great meaning: wisdom. In Spanish Sofias are sometimes called Sofy, which is also pretty." Mar. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 3 month old baby girl. Me and my husband had the hardest time deciding on a name. I came across sofia, but looked for different spelling options. Sophia seemed to be the right fit for our princess. Up until we had finally chose her name we realized how popular it has become. After naming her sophia I felt all the baby girls I met were named sophia. Although it's become too common of a name I still love it. It's sophisticated and beautiful. Every child is unique even if they Share the same name. Sophia has become the new (Maria). I don't understand how it got to be so popular but its beautiful." Jun. 9, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and I'm just saying that if you're called Sophia you are a saint. Yep, there was a saint called St. Sophia once. She had three daughters, Faith, Hope and Love. Sophia is also Greek for Wisdom." Dec. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Sophia more then Sophie. My daughter's name is Madison Sophia." Oct. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "sophia is my favorite name in the world. It's pretty and fun." May. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Like to put the name Sophia on my daughter. I am from Afghanistan. I was surprised that we have sophia too back there. Came to our cultural through the "sofi" sect of islam. I liked that commonality." Dec. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sophia is pretty but I like the name Sophie so much better." Sep. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia. I regret getting people to call me Soph now, because i love my name so much." Aug. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister is called Sophia, and here in the Uk we pronouce it Soph-eye-a. There are sophia/sofia's about, but my sister is still different." Feb. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter is 5 years old and her name is sophia. people- please stop naming your girls this name it is ruining it!we are italian and this fits her. when she was born i knew no one in pa. with this name and now it is everywhere, it is so bothersome and then people always seem to want to say this name loudly in stores etc to let everyone around them aware this is their childs name." Feb. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughters name I just love it everyine comments on what I beautiful name she has. It sounds like an exotic princess!!!" Sep. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and I was born in 1989, no one had the name. Everyong has the name now and it is really annoying becasue it is so common, be creative it is not cool to have a common name. It looses its beauty." Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my little neices name .i like it very mother is from england and my great grandmothers name was sophia. the baby father is italin american and i belive he pronounces it like sophia loren. but i pronounces it like the english do (and african americans used to} and it drives him crazy. he really hates it when i call her sophie!!! but i like to do it.thanks" Apr. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little niece is called Sophia, its a beautiful name and suits her as shes lovely." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sophia and I love it! Itıs classic yet not boring. Many people call me Sophie because they donıt understand itıs Sophia with an `aı but I donıt really care. I have a few nicknames like Sophie and Phia, which I like, although Iım usually called Sophia." Aug. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never really liked my name I think its stupid but mabey when im 18 or older i will start to like it" Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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