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Quick Facts on Sophie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 76
so-FEE (French); SO-fee (English)
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Sophie

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Sophie

Sophie is the French form of the name Sophia which comes from the Greek word "sophos" (Σοφία) meaning “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. The name actually owes much of its earlier success to a 2nd century saint, Sophia the Martyr. Born in Italy, Sophia named her three young daughters Faith, Love and Hope. According to the medieval legend which grew up around St. Sophia’s cult, her 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 beloved 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 and her linguistic equivalents were common names among royalty throughout the continent. In France, the name has historically been rendered as Sophie. Oddly enough, Sophie is now quite a bit more popular outside of the French borders than within them. The two-syllable, upbeat Sophie is arguably a sweeter, more relaxed version than the three-syllable lyrical Sophia. We know Sophie is the version of choice in Northern Ireland and Scotland where she holds the #1 position of popularity among baby girls. It’s the #2 choice in Ireland and the Netherlands and currently ranked #6 in England. Australia also prefers Sophie to Sophia where she’s a Top 10 favorite.

Popularity of the Name Sophie

American parents are opting for the more flowery Sophia over the French Sophie by a factor of about five. Still, though, Sophie is almost a Top 50 choice (currently ranked #52 on the U.S. charts). In fact, Sophia is the #1 baby girl’s name in America right now – pretty hard to top! Obviously, both Sophia and Sophie comes from the same root (sophos) and mean the same thing (wisdom), so it really only comes down to parental preference. The current trend in America right now is in choosing the flowery Latinate versions of names (Sophia, Isabella, Camilla, Julia) over the more minimalistic French versions (Sophie, Isabelle, Camille, Julie). Of course there’s always the option of using Sophia on the birth certificate but nicknaming the child Sophie (then you have the best of both worlds). We tend to favor the French version for a couple different reasons: one, well, it’s French. ‘nuf said. Two, it’s less trendy. Three, it isn’t trying as hard to sound sophisticated, and yet it is. And four, it sounds snappier and more upbeat. Sophie is a darling name and one which carries with it the “wisdom” of the ages.
Popularity of the Girl Name Sophie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Sophie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Sophie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Sophie

    Sophie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Sophie.

  • Popular Songs on Sophie

    Popular Songs on Sophie

    Hawaiian Sophie - a song by Jaz

    Sophie - a song by Edith Piaf

    Sophie - a song by Eleanor McEvoy

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Sophie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Sophie

    Baby Touch and Feel: Sophie la girafe: Sophie's Busy Day (S.A.S. DeLiSo) - Baby Touch and Feel: Sophie la girafe: Sophie's Busy Day is an engaging touch-and-feel introduction to the world of Sophie la girafe. Babies will love exploring and discovering different textures — from bumpy, scaly, sticky, and shiny — as Sophie la girafe interacts with them on the page, making this a perfect way for encouraging tiny fingers to explore and young minds to develop. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    My First Sophie la girafe: Let's Get Counting! (S.A.S. DeLiSo) - In this colorful board book, babies will be introduced to the world of numbers and counting with their favorite friend, Sophie la girafe. Filled with bright, playful images of Sophie and her pals, as well as tactile tabs and lift-the-flap elements, My First: Sophie la girafe: Let's Get Counting is ideal for encouraging early word and number recognition in young children. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Sophie #1: Sophie the Awesome (Lara Bergen) - First book of a series. More titles available. Meet Sophie, a little girl with a big goal: to find the perfect title for herself. Look out --- here's Sophie the Awesome! Sophie Miller's life is boring. Average. Blah. She's not the oldest or the youngest, the tallest or the shortest. She's not even the only Sophie in her third-grade class! Sophie knows she's special. And she's come up with the perfect name to show it: Sophie the Awesome! But living up to her new name won't be easy --- especially if super-annoying Toby Myers has anything to say about it. Can Sophie prove her awesomeness…and prove everyone wrong? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Sophie & Carter (Chelsea Fine) - While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by troubles at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbor Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from their troubles, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, what lies ahead for Sophie and Carter? Recommended for ages young adult.

    Sophie (Mem Fox) - Sophie loves her Grandpa. And her Grandpa loves Sophie. They are best friends. And then one day there is no Grandpa… Family love and the natural cycle of birth, life, and death are tenderly portrayed in this moving story. Booklist says: “Fox’s spare text distills complex life passages into emotions so clear even a child can understand and perhaps draw comfort from them.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sophie and the Perfect Poem (Sean Covey) - Sophie discovers a surprising truth about teamwork in this sixth picture book in the “7 Habits of Happy Kids” series. Ms. Hoot has assigned the class to write a poem, and everyone has to work with a partner. When Sophie is partnered with Biff, she is sure it’s going to be a disaster. Because Biff is mean! But as they work together, they find they have more in common than they thought. Featuring the lovable characters of 7 Oaks, this book addresses the sixth habit of happy kids: “Synergize.” This story emphasizes focusing on individual strengths in order to achieve success as a team. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! (S.A.S. DeLiSo) - With more than fifty million sold, Sophie la girafe, the wildly popular toy from France, is a fixture in nurseries all over the world. A favorite among moms, Sophie la girafe is a popular shower gift, and has garnered praise from parents everywhere. Now comes the first ever licensed Sophie la girafe books — the perfect accompaniment to the winsome toy! With fun flaps that open to reveal colorful pictures of Sophie la girafe and her friends, Peekaboo! Sophie la girafe: Peekaboo Sophie! invites children to their favorite game of peekaboo with their favorite toy. Featuring simple text that encourages parent-child interaction, baby-appropriate touch-and-feel elements, and large appealing flaps for little hands to flip, this volume is a great opportunity to introduce babies to books, and to develop imagination, thinking, and memory skills. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Sophie Makes a Splash (Gillian Shields) - This fun and light new series is about the Sisters of the Sea, mermaids who live in the underwater Coral Kingdom. With shiny foil and adorable mermaids on every cover, this series is sure to entice even the most reluctant chapter book reader. The stories focus on six mermaid friends who’ve been sent by their mermaid Queen, Neptuna, to retrieve six magic crystals. Along the way, an evil mermaid named Mantora has set traps for the mermaids that wreak havoc for the ocean and the creatures that live it in. The determined mermaids must foil Neptuna’s attempts, and also help protect and save the ocean life throughout their mission. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Sophie Simon Solves Them All (Lisa Graff) - For a third grader, Sophie Simon is one smart cookie. She enjoys teaching herself advanced calculus and has performed successful heart surgery on an earthworm. She’s also very clever when it comes to dealing with her clueless parents. But Sophie is no genius when it comes to calculating the high value of friendship—until, that is, she has to use her incredible IQ to help out some classmates with their own parental troubles. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Sophie's Ballet Show: A Sparkly Pop-up Extravaganza! (Rosalinda Kightley) - This delightful story about a little girl who joins a ballet class comes with big color illustrations and all kinds of interactive features on every page. There are tabs to pull, flaps to lift, wheels to turn, and a wonderful pop-up ballet scene on the book's final two-page spread. When kids pull the book's tabs, little Sophie and her classmates actually move around, practicing their steps and learning to dance. Little girls will also enjoy turning a pair of wheels in order to see Sophie trying on many different dance costumes. Here's a big, bright picture book that every little girl will love! Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Sophie's Fish (A.E. Cannon) - What nap time story would you read to a fish? When Sophie asks Jake to take care of her pet fish while she's on vacation, he says sure - how hard can it be to babysit a fish? But the minute he agrees, Jake starts imagining every possible fish-related crisis. What does a fish eat for dinner? How do you give him a bath? What kind of stories does he like? Pitch-perfect humor and wonderfully detailed, quirky illustrations make this a refreshingly funny and imaginative picture book. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Sophie's Lovely Locks (Erica Pelton Villnave) - Sophie McPhee loves her long locks. Curly, curly, fancy, twirly. Twirly, whirly, long, and girly. She thinks long hair is the best! Until...those long locks become a snarly, tangly mess. Ouch! Suddenly, long hair isn’t so much fun. And no matter what she does, Sophie can’t control that hair! Then Sophie comes up with the perfect solution—why not donate her hair to someone who really needs it? Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Sophie's Magic Underwear (Kristin V. Kroha) - Lesson Ladder proudly presents Sophie’s Magic Underwear; a fascinating children’s book that captures the hearts of many and teaches the principles of self-empowerment on the potty. This colorful and playful book encompasses the journey of Sophie who speaks to the reader about how her magic underwear keeps her from going to the bathroom in her pants. This book helps bring light to what can sometimes be a difficult topic for parents through the use of magic and Sophie’s cheerful friend Bunny. With a little pep in her step, Sophie teaches the importance of understanding the setbacks of accidents but also in moving forward through putting on another pair of magic underwear – and realizing that the real magic lies inside of YOU – the reader. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Sophie's Masterpiece: A Spider's Tale (Eileen Spinelli) - Sophie is an artist who wants to spin beautiful creations all day long and, someday, a masterpiece. As a spider, though, Sophie has a hard time finding a welcoming place in which she can be free to live and spin. She's shooed and shuffled all over Beekman's Boardinghouse until one day she finally finds the warm, comfortable, safe home for which she always yearned -- and the inspiration for the masterpiece of her lifetime. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sophie's Squash (Pat Zietlow Miller) - Kirkus starred review says: “Miller's debut is a winner." On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes.... What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble? With absolutely delightful text by Pat Zietlow Miller and downright hilarious illustrations from Anne Wilsdorf, Sophie's Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sophie's Wheels (Debora Pearson) - As a little girl grows, so do the wheels that keep her moving. When Sophie is born, her parents and brother take her out in a bouncy buggy. At first, Sophie stays curled up all cozy inside, but soon she can sit up and smile at the world. Before you know it, she's moved up to a stroller and then to a tricycle. With each new set of wheels, Sophie discovers new things to see and new ways to see them. Low-riding strollers are great for bug-spotting. Snowbound wagons are no match for zippy sleds. Eventually, big girl Sophie is riding a bike on her own, all the way around the corner and then back to her cheering family. The talented team that brought you Leo's Tree returns with this rhythmic tale of Leo's little sister. Children will delight in Sophie's freewheeling antics as captured by Debora Pearson's catchy cadence. Nora Hilb's delightful illustrations keep the story rolling along. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Sophie's World (Nancy Rue) - First book in the series. More titles available. When future film director Sophie LaCroix visits Williamsburg, Virginia, her imagination sends her straight into the eighteenth century. An unlikely heroine, Sophie's forced to use her new-found war tactics to foil a heinous plot and save a friend from impending humiliation by the popular girls. Recommended for ages 9-13.

    Sophie: The Sapphire Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Seven jewels have been stolen from the Fairy Queen's crown! Without them, the Jewel Fairies' magical powers are fading. Read all seven books to find the jewels and save the fairies! Jack Frost is up to no good again! This time, he's stolen the seven jewels from Queen Titania's crown. Without them, the Jewel Fairies can't do their jobs. The magic in Fairyland is fading fast! If Sophie the Sapphire Fairy doesn't get her magic jewel back, she won't be able to make wishes come true! Can Rachel and Kirsty help her? Find the sparkly jewel in each book and help bring the magic back to Fairyland! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Time-Out for Sophie (Rosemary Wells) - Sophie means to be a good little mouse, but she just can't resist testing the limits with her patient parents and grandmother. Eat supper? More fun to throw it on the floor. Fold the laundry? More fun to knock over the pile. Read with Grandma? More fun to steal her glasses. And then it’s time out for Sophie! Rosemary Wells has created a memorable new character, ready to take her place next to Max and Ruby, Yoko, and Noisy Nora. Sophie's adorable antics will strike a chord with children and parents alike. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... (Molly Bang) - "Oh is Sophie ever angry now!" Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott-honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do? NY Time Book Review says: " elegant and thought-provoking book for...children learning how to deal with emotions." Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Sophie

    Famous People Named Sophie

    Famous People Named Sophie - Sophie Tucker (American entertainer); Sophie Marceau (French actress); Sophie Ellis-Bextor (English singer/songwriter); Sophie, Countess of Wessex (English royalty); Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (16th century Queen of Denmark and Norway); Sophie Okonedo (British actress); Sophie Ferguson (Australian tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Sophie

    Children of Famous People Named Sophie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Sophie - Albert Pujols (baseball player); Bette Midler (singer/actress); Gary Sinise (actor); Luke Perry (actor); Tony Shalhoub (actor); Marcel Marceau (mime); Shirley Knight (actress); Jon Hensley (daytime actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Sophie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Sophie Tucker (13 Jan 1886 – 9 Feb 1966) - Sophie Tucker was an enormously popular entertainer of the first half of the twentieth century, often referred to as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas” due to her overt and guilt-free sexuality in a time teeming with leftover Victorianism. She was born in Russia to Jewish parents who emigrated to America when she was three months old; Sophie began her show-biz career as a tot, singing and dancing for the customers in her parents’ restaurant. When she was older, she played in vaudeville and burlesque, parlaying her ample form into a money-making act. “Some of These Days (You’ll Miss Your Honey)” became her signature song. By the 1920s, Sophie was nationally and internationally acclaimed, touring Europe and making a name for herself in movies as well as on the stage. Segueing into radio and television, she kept her name in lights almost to the day of her death. Sophie Tucker – one of a kind!

Personality of the Girl Name Sophie

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Sophie

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