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Name of the day: Sophia

Posted on: June 14, 2011

So, I’m doing another name of the day & today’s name is Sophia. It’s very popular right now but it’s one of my favorite names. I think it’s a lovely name that sounds good to the ears. My SO doesn’t like the name Sophia.  I haven’t yet out together a personal top 10 list, I’m not even sure if I could rank them in  possible order after #3 for each gender 🙂


Gender: Feminine
Usage: English, Greek, German, Ancient Greek
Pronunciation: so-FEE-a (English) zo-FEE-ah (German)

Sophia means “wisdom” in Greek. It was also the name of an early saint who is thought to be mythical. The saint supposedly died of grief after her three daughters were murdered for their beliefs. These legends probably were told as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia (“Holy Widsom”).. The name Sophia was very popular in European countries during the middle ages and it was popularized in Britain by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century. It was the name of characters in the novels ‘Tom Jones’ (1749) by Henry Fielding and ‘The Vicar of Wakefield’ (1766) by Oliver Goldsmith. Due to popular culture the name may be used moreso now because of celebrities and the such. Sylvester Stallone’s daughter’s name is Sophia and widely popular amongst teens Farrah Abraham of 16 & Pregnant/ Teen Mom named her daughter Sophia. Sophia has a great meaning so in my opinion, it should be popular!

Names that sound similar to Sophia:

  • Ophelia (F; English)
  • Sophie (F; French)
  • Sofia (F; Norwegian, Swedish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Greek, Finnish, Slovak)
  • Zofia (F; Polish)
  • Safia (F; Unknown)
Nicknames for the name Sophia:
  • Sophie
  • Fifi
  • Sia
  • Soph
  • Phia
  • Fay(e)
  • Phee
In 2010’s SSA list Sophia ranked #2. As you can see, it is a VERY popular name which may throw some peope off of using it.  In 2009’s list it was #4, in 2008’s list it was #7, in 2007’s list it was #6 & in 2006’s list it was #9. In 2005, it was #12 so it has been in the top 10 for the past 5 years and we’ll have to see what it ranks in 2011’s list but I predict it’ll be around the same at 2010’s. In 1947 Sophia ranked #847! As you can see.. it just kept rising after that.
Some combos I think sound good with Sophia are:
  • Sophia Rhiannon
  • Sophia Violet
  • Sophia Zoe
  • Sophia Caitlin
  • Sophia Laurel
  • Sophia Claire
  • Sophia Amélie
  • Sophia Ember
  • Sophia Opal
  • Sophia Megan
  • Sophia Carys
  • Sophia Diane
  • Sophia Kate
  • Sophia May
  • Sophia Cheyenne
  • Sophia Chloe
I think Sophia would sound best with a middle name that is 1, 2, or 4 syllables long that doesn’t begin with an S and doesn’t end in an -a sound. The name Sophia has received GREAT reviews on many baby name websites 🙂
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4 Responses to "Name of the day: Sophia"

I love the name Sophia! It’s my favorite girl name. My favorite middle name with it is Lynne, after my mother 🙂

Sophia Lynn is a gorgeous combo, and it’s great that it has significance to you. I find all great combos have higher meaning when used to honor family members or something special.

I like Sophia Amelie, Cheyenne & Ember, Cute 🙂

Thank you! Glad you like them 🙂

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