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Meaning of Sophia

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The name Sophia has the following meaning:

Wisdom. An ancient and feminine name. Relatively popular with celebrity parents.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.


As a baby girl name, Sophia is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 20 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Sophia rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 3 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 4 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Sophia in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Sophia is pronounced as so-fee-ah


Sophia originates from the Greek language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Sophia and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Sophia: Boys - Cristopher, Darius, Deo, Galen, Leander, Philip, Girls - Damaris, Dea, Dido, Kittie, Larissa, Leandra, Lexi, Lydia, Ophelia, Both genders - Christopher, Cora, Stephanie


Popular Variants for the name Sophia: Chofa, Fifi, Saffi, Sofia (Norwegian), Sofka, Sofy, Sofya, Sohvi (Finnish), Sonia, Sonja, Sonya (Russian), Soph, Sophie (French), Zofia, Zosha, Zosia (Polish)


Common nicknames for the name Sophia are: Sophie, Sonya


We think the name Sophia should fall under the following style category: Traditional.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Sophia to be: A sweet and pretty girl

In one word, you might describe Sophia as a(n) "pretty" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Sophia (or its variants) are:

Sophia Anna Bush, born on 8 July, a famous actress. Sophia Anna Bush's background: An American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Brooke Davis in the CW series One Tree Hill and for portraying Grace Andrews in the horror remake The Hitcher.

Sophia Loren, born on 20 September, a famous actress. Sophia Loren's background: An Academy Award winning Italian film actress. She is widely considered to be the most popular Italian actress of her time; Loren became an international film star with a five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures. Among her films at this time: Desire Under the Elms with Anthony Perkins, based upon the Eugene O'Neill play; Houseboat, a romantic comedy co-starring Cary Grant; and George Cukor's Heller in Pink Tights in which she appeared with blonde hair (a wig) for the first time. Loren demonstrated considerable dramatic skills and attracted respect as a dramatic and comedic actress, especially in Italian projects where she could express herself more freely, although she acquired great proficiency in English.

Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne, born on 21 September, a famous painter. Sophia Amelia Peabody Hawthorne's background: A painter and illustrator as well as the wife of American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. She also published her journals and various articles.
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