The meaning of the name “Sophia” is: “Wisdom, Wise”.
Additional information: The girl name Sophia is derived from the Greek word for virtue Sophia, 'Σοφία' that means "wisdom", to be wise. In Ancient philosophical texts and other Ancient Greek religions the people who personified wisdom were called "Sophia figures", 'Σοφοί'. There is also an old Byzantine church, nowadays used as a museum in Istanbul, Turkey, called Hagia Sophia 'Αγία Σοφία', meaning "The Holy Wisdom".
The name was common among European royalty in the middle ages, and gained increasing popularity in the United Kingdom with the arrival of the German Hanover monarchy. The most common variants of the name are Sofia and Sophie, however many countries around the world have their own take on the name – a few of these are Sofiya (Bulgarian), Zsófia (Hungarian), Sonja (Norwegian), and Sofija (Lithuanian). Sophia is also an Anglicized form of the Scottish Gaelic name Beathag. The name Sophia was the name of Saint Sophia the Martyr, whose three daughters Faith, Hope, and Charity were also martyred, and the name is used as the personification of wisdom in schools of thought such as Platonism. In the modern age of typing, Sophia is sometimes misspelled as ‘Sopia’.
Being a name associated with German monarchy, the name fell in popularity in Allied countries during World War Two, but has seen a recent rise in popularity, to the point where it was the most popular name in 2011, 2012 and 2013 in the USA. Because of this popularity, some people use alternative names that sound similar but are less popular, like Zofia, Seraphina, or Sonya. It is also an ‘olden’ sounding name, so names like Charlotte, Emma, and Victoria are similar.
Famous people named Sophia (or variants of) include Sophia Dorothea of Celle (wife of George I of Great Britain), Sofía Vergara (Colombian-American actress), and Sophia Lee (English novelist).
A legend pervasive on the internet states that a woman named Sophia Stewart took the Wachowski directors to court for millions of dollars after she claimed that they stole the idea for The Matrix from her short story The Third Eye. Her case was dismissed in 2005, yet various incorrect news stories from the time have led many to believe that Sophia Stewart actually won her case, even ten years later.
Pronunciation: so-Fee-uh Form of: Itself (Sophia) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Sophia Loren, famous actress
Considering Sophia as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Sophia for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Sophia is a girl name.
The name Sophia is of Greek origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, German speaking countries, Greek speaking countries, Italian speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Sophia we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Sophia Name Meaning
The meaning of Sophia is “Wisdom, Wise”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Sophia and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Sophia and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Sophia is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Sophia
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Sophia displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Sophia Boy Name Popularity Chart
Sophia Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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