origin: Italian


Origin: Greek

Meaning: Wisdom

This ancient Greek name, meaning “wisdom” or “skill,” has a variation in just about every language. This is good news for parents who love the name but want something a little less common, as Sophia’s been rocketing up the charts since the late ’90s. (It’s always been a relatively well-used name -- royals have donned the moniker since at least the fifteenth century, but right now it’s much trendier than ever.) You can add a few vowels (say, the Russian Sofiya), pick a similar but less popular name (the German Sophie or Sonja) or go for another sound entirely (the Spanish Fifi or Chofa). We’re not knocking the original though -- Sophia is pretty but not prissy, classic but not frumpy -- meaning, we totally get the appeal.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 7

Famous sophia

  • Sophia Bush - actress
  • Sophia Loren - Italian actress
  • Sophia Michahelles - puppeteer maker
  • Sophia Hawthorne - painter, illustrator, and wife of Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Sofia (alt. spelling) - character in The Color Purple

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