Girl Baby Name

Sophia

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Quick Facts on Sophia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 1
Pronunciation:
so-FEE-uh
Simple meaning:
Wisdom

Characteristics of Sophia

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sophia

The name Sophia comes from the Greek word "sophos" (Σοφία) which means "wisdom". The usage of the name Sophia for girls dates way back to the Greek and Roman cultures of Antiquity and was often bestowed for its moral qualities. In medieval times, the name spread among Christians in veneration of a 2nd century saint, Sophia the Martyr. Born in Italy, Sophia named her three young daughters Faith, Love and Hope. It is believed that Sophia’s daughters were all tortured and beaten to death for their Christian beliefs under the pagan reign of Emperor Hadrian. After this cruel and senseless bloodbath, Sophia buried her daughters and remained at their graves for three days until she herself succumbed to death (presumably from heartbreak). The legend of St. Sophia spread in the Middle Ages and the name was readily adopted by Christians all over Europe. By the 17th century, Sophia was a common name among royalty throughout the continent, and eventually it arrived to England by way of the German House of Hanover (when they inherited the English throne). Today, Sophia is the #1 name in the United States and ranked #3 in Canada. Sophia is also popular among the English, Scottish, Irish, French and Australians, but these countries still prefer the French Sophie to the more flowery Greek Sophia. The Italian and Spanish version Sofía is hugely popular in Italy, Spain and South America. Internationally, within the Western World, you’d be hard pressed to find a name more popular than Sophia right now.

Popularity of the Name Sophia

Sophia is a time-tested name in America; she’s been around consistently on the charts since the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends more than 100 years ago. However, Sophia’s peak popularity is occurring at this very moment in time. In 2011, the name reached the coveted #1 spot on the charts (upsetting Isabella) for the first time in the history of her usage. Sophia is indeed all the rage right now, and who can blame American parents? The name follows the fashionable trend which favors the feminine “classics”; names with old-fashioned charm but don't feel out-dated or too “old lady”. Derivations of the name Sophia, such as Sofia and Sophie, are also extremely popular in America. Sonia (a variant of Sonya) is the Russian diminutive of Sophia. This “wise” beauty is so lovely and sophisticated, it’s no wonder it’s being embraced by so many different cultures worldwide.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sophia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sophia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sophia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sophia

    Sophia Primrose (The Vicar of Wakefield) Sophia Primrose is one of the two daughters of the title character in Oliver Goldsmith’s highly popular novel, The Vicar of Wakefield, first published in 1766. This is practically a re-telling of The Book of Job – the vicar, at the outset in full flush of contentment, suddenly loses all, and his daughter, Sophia, is one of the unfortunate victims of his (temporary) downfall. She is not as beautiful as her sister, but Sophia is good and kind-hearted, and longs only for the love of one good man. When she does meet a man who rescues her from drowning, a Mr. Burchell, it appears that he is poor, and such a marriage cannot be encouraged. The Primroses are in reduced circumstances, but it would appear that even had they still retained their former fortunes, a societal prejudice would have precluded any such arrangement. Well, not to fear, this is the eighteenth century, and goodness shall surely be rewarded. As it happens, Mr. Burchell is really Sir William Thornhill, who poses as a poor man and roams around the countryside checking out peoples’ reactions to him, and making assessments accordingly. This is all right, however, because Sophia passed the litmus test – she is kind and courteous to one and all. The Vicar and Mama Primrose don’t come off smelling quite as sweet, but good Sir Thornhill generously chooses to ignore that. Sophia and Sir William are married, the vicar’s fortunes are restored, and everyone lives happily ever after. Job should have had it so good.

    Sophia Western (Tom Jones) Sophia Western is a character in Henry Fielding’s 1749 comic novel, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, which was made into a memorable film in 1963, with Susannah York as Sophia. Sophia is the very essence of a beautiful, modest and virtuous young girl of her times; as the daughter of Squire Western, she becomes the love interest of Tom, a foundling who has been raised by a neighbor of the Westerns, Squire Allworthy. Tom, due to his thought-to-be lowly birth status, is not considered a suitable match for her. It’s just as well that the course of love does not run well for these two at first, because then we wouldn’t have such a rollicking story. As the picaresque tale unfolds, Tom manages to bed many a beauty before it is discovered that his lineage is, indeed, impeccable, therefore worthy of Sophia’s hand. During all this, our Sophia is not just a goody-two-shoes; she defies her father and refuses to marry the man he has chosen, and she sets out to find Tom when she thinks he has come to harm. She is generous and good-hearted, and more than a worthy mate to such a high-spirited man. Of course, all ends well, and the two marry with the beaming approval of all about them; our only concern is that Sophia didn’t have the same extensive premarital advantages as Tom – we hope it doesn’t cause trouble seven years into the union!

  • Popular Songs on Sophia

    Popular Songs on Sophia

    Sophia - We cannot find any popular songs featuring the name Sophia.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sophia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sophia

    Papa Gatto: An Italian Fairy Tale (Ruth Sanderson) - Papa Gatto hires the lovely Sophia to care for his eight kittens, and, by the time he realizes his mistake, his home is in shambles, his kittens are neglected, and a priceless heirloom is in Sophia's hands. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Princess Sophia's Gifts (Diane Hovey) - At its essence, Princess Sophia's Gifts is a true story of a family's survival in the wake of personal tragedy. Written as a fairy tale, the story provides a way to examine the gifts or personal strengths within everyone, especially those who are different. When a kingdom's beloved Princess suffers a tragic accident, it underscores the realization that loss can happen to anyone. Princess Sophia chokes on a seed, and her life changes irrevocably. As she hovers somewhere between life and death, the Princess ''meets'' spirit women who give her special gifts for her return to life as a severely disabled child. Like all families, the Royal family is devastated by Sophia's tragedy. Trying to make sense of it, they journey to find a cure, to restore life to the way it once was. But life will never be the same; in some ways, it may even be better. In a story of unfolding wisdom, the family discovers that not all questions have answers; and that in loss there is also opportunity for growth and healing. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Silly Sophia: A Daily Adventure (Beth Elliott) - Join Silly Sophia’s rhyming world for a day and become enchanted by her imagination and endless sense of adventure. The story and images of her unique approach to everyday activities are captivating. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Sophia at a Royal Wedding (D.G. Flamand) - Imagine for a moment the possibility to have a Magic Calendar that has the ability to go to any place in history. And imagine for a moment that this Magic Calendar is your best friend and that it does take you to all of these wonderful and incredible places anywhere and anytime in the history of earth with time travelling! Well, that is exactly what happened to seven-year old Sophia when she bought a calendar at the general store. It turned out to be a Magic Calendar! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sophia the Snow Swan Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Rachel and Kirsty are off on another exciting adventure - with the Magical Animal Fairies! Rachel and Kirsty are heading to outdoor adventure camp -- and another fairy adventure is just around the corner! The Magical Animal Fairies' seven animals are missing. The animals each look after a special kind of magic. If Rachel and Kirsty can't find them fast, nothing will be the same! The campers are going on a special nighttime hike! Will Rachel and Kirsty be able to spot Sophia the Snow Swan Fairy's swan, Belle, out in the dark? Find the missing magical animal in each book and help save the fairy magic! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution (Avi) - Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist. In 1776, young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril: She’s young, she’s a girl, and she’s running out of time. And if she fails, she’s facing an execution of her own. Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action. Recommended for ages 8-12.

  • Famous People Named Sophia

    Famous People Named Sophia

    Famous People Named Sophia - Sophia Loren (actress); Sophia Bush (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sophia

    Children of Famous People Named Sophia

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Sophia - Albert Pujols (baseball player); Benjamin Bratt (actor); Catherine Bach (actress); Francis Ford Coppola (director); Gene Simmons (musician); Rebecca Demornay (actress); Sylvester Stallone (actor); Talisa Soto (model/actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Sophia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sophia (6th century) - Sophia was the Empress of Byzantium which became the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire after Rome itself was conquered and sacked in A.D. 410. When Sophia’s husband, Emperor Justin II, descended into madness, Sophia became the co-ruler of the Empire along with the legendary general Tiberius II Constantine.

Personality of the Girl Name Sophia

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Sophia

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