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Gender: female
Pronunciation: so-FEE-a or so-FYE-a
Meaning: wisdom
Related Names: Saffi, Saffie, Sofia, Soficita, Sofie, Sofka, Sofy, Sofía, Sonia, Sonja, Sonnie, Sonya, Sophey, Sophie, Sophy, Zofi, Zofia, Zofya, Zosia

Length: 6 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 15


Name: sophia Origin: Greek,,, English,, Meaning (no case): wisdom

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The name Sophia is thought to have originated with the Greek Orthodox Saint Sophia. Saint Sophia was thought to have personified the wisdom of God, not to have lived as an actual person. According to legend, Saint Sophia was a widow who gave away all her worldly possessions and took her three daughters to live in Rome after the death of her husband. While there, she, along with her three daughters, was tortured because of her faith. She alone survived the torture and died three days later of natural causes.


The name Sophia has steadily risen in popularity in the United States over the past three decades. In 1976 its rank was # 495, in 1986 it had risen to # 245, it continued its upward trend in 1997 with a rank of 95, and finally made its top ten debut at # 9 in 2006. One possible explanation for the surge in popularity of this name is the tremendous popularity of the actress Sophia Loren.

When combined with other spellings such as Sofia and Sophie, Sophia was the #1 name for baby girls in the United States in 2007.


According to the rules of numerology, people with the name Sophia tend to be dynamic and versatile. They are said to be intelligent, crave adventure, and make friends easily.

During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the name Sophia became popular with German royal families.



  • Sophia University, in Tokyo, Japan
  • Sophia Cathedral, in Russia
  • Sophia's Revenge, a rock band
  • Sofia, Bulgaria, capital city
  • Sophia, West Virginia
  • Hagia Sophia, former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, presently a museum


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Author: Margie English

Facts about SophiaRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 6  +
Meaning wisdom  +
Meaningnc wisdom  +
Name sophia  +
Origin Greek  +, and English  +
Popularity 1  +
Pronunciation so-FEE-a or so-FYE-a  +
Rank in 2000s 15  +
Related Saffi  +, Saffie  +, Sofia  +, Soficita  +, Sofie  +, Sofka  +, Sofy  +, Sofía  +, Sonia  +, Sonja  +, Sonnie  +, Sonya  +, Sophey  +, Sophie  +, Sophy  +, Zofi  +, Zofia  +, Zofya  +, and Zosia  +
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