Meaning & History
Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which is the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.This name was common among continental European royalty during the Middle Ages, and it was popularized in Britain by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century. It was the name of characters in the novels Tom Jones (1749) by Henry Fielding and The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) by Oliver Goldsmith.In the United States this name was only moderately common until the 1990s when it began rising in popularity, eventually becoming the most popular for girls from 2011 to 2013. A famous bearer is the Italian actress Sophia Loren (1934-).
Other Languages & CulturesSofia, Sofiya(Bulgarian) Sofia(Catalan) Sofija, Sonja(Croatian) Sofie, Žofie, Soňa(Czech) Sofia, Sofie, Sonja, Vivi(Danish) Sophie, Fieke, Sofie, Sonja(Dutch) Sofia(Estonian) Sofia, Sohvi, Sonja, Viivi(Finnish) Sophie(French) Sopio(Georgian) Szofi, Zsófia, Szófia, Szonja, Zsófika(Hungarian) Soffía, Sonja(Icelandic) Sofia, Sonia(Italian) Sofija(Latvian) Sofija(Lithuanian) Sofija, Sonja(Macedonian) Sofia, Sofie, Sonja, Vivi(Norwegian) Zofia, Sonia, Zosia(Polish) Sofia, Sonia(Portuguese) Sofia, Sonia(Romanian) Sofia, Sofiya, Sofya, Sonya(Russian) Sofija, Sonja(Serbian) Sofia, Žofia, Soňa(Slovak) Sonja(Slovene) Sofía, Sonia(Spanish) Sofia, Sofie, Sonja, Vivi(Swedish) Sofia, Sofiya(Ukrainian)
Altered image depicting how Hagia Sophia basilica may have looked before it became a mosque
People think this name is
classic formal upper class natural wholesome refined simple serious nerdy
2000s, 2010s, Claymore characters, Fire Emblem characters, House of Cards US characters, Jane Austen characters, JESC names, legend, Leo Tolstoy characters, literature, medieval, Megami Tensei characters, mothers, mythology, never out of the US top 1000, Orthodox saints, Philip K. Dick characters, princesses, royalty, saints, Sims 3 characters, Six Feet Under characters, song titles, Sousei No Aquarion characters, Star Ocean characters, Suikoden characters, The Golden Girls characters, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel characters, The Sopranos characters, The Walking Dead characters, Tomb Raider characters, top 10 in Australia, top 10 in Austria, top 10 in Greece, top 10 in Hawaii, top 10 in Malaysia, top 10 in New Zealand, top 10 in Northern Ireland, top 10 in Switzerland, top 10 in the Philippines, top 10 in the UK, top 10 in the US, Virtua Tennis opponent characters, virtues, William Faulkner characters, wisdom, women's history, Xeno characters
Entry updated November 20, 2020