Sophia

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336k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
180
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sophia mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Sophia

"Sophia" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Wisdom". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek σοφία (sophía, “wisdom”).

  1. A female given name, borne by an early Christian saint, and by European royalty.
  2. (Gnosticism) An aeon (a form of divine being) in the Gnostic tradition.

See Sophy

  1. Archaic spelling of Sophy. (title of a Safavid dynasty shah):

    Sophia was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Sophia

    Sophia Loren is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1950. Sophia was given the name Sofia Villani Scicolone on September 20th, 1934 in Rome. Sophia is also known as Sofia Lazzaro and Sofia Scicolone.

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    Sophia Bush is an actress, director, activist, spokesperson, actor, television director, and activism. She has had major accomplishments since 2002. Sophia was given the name Sophia Anna Bush on July 8th, 1982 in Pasadena, California, U.S.

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    Sophia was born on April 20th, 1984 in San Diego.

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    Sophia Myles is an actress. She has been prominent since 1996. Sophia was born on March 18th, 1980 in London.

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    Sophie Scholl was a student and resistance member. Sophie was given the name Sophia Magdalena Scholl by her parent Robert Scholl on May 9th, 1921 in Forchtenberg. She passed away on February 22nd, 1943.

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    Sophia Charlotte was royalty. She has had major accomplishments since 1761. Sophia was born as the child of Duke Charles Louis Frederick of Mecklenburg and Princess Elisabeth Albertine of Saxe-Hildburghausen on May 19th, 1744 in Unteres Schloß, Mirow,. She breathed her last breath on November 17th, 1818.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Sophia

    Princess Augusta Sophia was royalty. Princess was born as the child of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz on November 8th, 1768 in Buckingham Palace. She passed away on September 22nd, 1840.

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    Princess Sophia was royalty. Princess was born as the child of George III of the United Kingdom and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz on November 3rd, 1777 in Buckingham Palace. She breathed her last breath on May 27th, 1848.

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    She holds the title Empress of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire and Empressof theRoman (Byzantine) Empire.

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    She holds the title Duchess Paul Wilhelm of Württemberg. Princess was born as the child of Karl Alexander, 5th Prince of Thurn, Taxis, and Duchess Therese of Mecklenburg-Strelitz on March 4th, 1800 in Regensburg. She died on December 20th, 1870.

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    Her most notable accomplishments were from 1618 to 1645. Dorothea was born as the child of Friedrich Wilhelm I and Duke of Saxe-Weimar on December 19th, 1587 in Weimar. Dorothea is also known as Dorothea Sophia of Saxe-Altenburg. She left this life on February 10th, 1645.

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    She holds the title Princess consort of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Princess was born as the child of Ernest Augustus I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, and Eleonore Wilhelmine of Anhalt-Köthen on May 5th, 1724 in Weimar. Princess is also known as Bernhardine Christiane Sophie von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach (German). She died on June 5th, 1757.

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    How popular is the baby name Sophia in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 138 138 0
    1881 122 122 0
    1882 179 179 0
    1883 159 159 0
    1884 170 170 0
    1885 185 185 0
    1886 218 218 0
    1887 192 192 0
    1888 251 251 0
    1889 251 251 0
    1890 245 245 0
    1891 220 220 0
    1892 241 241 0
    1893 247 247 0
    1894 276 276 0
    1895 259 259 0
    1896 278 278 0
    1897 278 278 0
    1898 240 240 0
    1899 238 238 0
    1900 259 259 0
    1901 221 221 0
    1902 256 256 0
    1903 213 213 0
    1904 230 230 0
    1905 237 237 0
    1906 247 247 0
    1907 265 265 0
    1908 276 276 0
    1909 256 256 0
    1910 271 271 0
    1911 272 272 0
    1912 397 397 0
    1913 429 429 0
    1914 548 548 0
    1915 692 692 0
    1916 697 697 0
    1917 703 698 5
    1918 629 629 0
    1919 604 604 0
    1920 545 545 0
    1921 489 489 0
    1922 391 391 0
    1923 369 369 0
    1924 357 357 0
    1925 288 288 0
    1926 234 234 0
    1927 240 240 0
    1928 195 195 0
    1929 169 169 0
    1930 152 152 0
    1931 133 133 0
    1932 132 132 0
    1933 103 103 0
    1934 112 107 5
    1935 101 101 0
    1936 98 98 0
    1937 104 104 0
    1938 88 88 0
    1939 99 99 0
    1940 105 105 0
    1941 107 107 0
    1942 81 81 0
    1943 104 104 0
    1944 104 104 0
    1945 103 103 0
    1946 107 107 0
    1947 108 108 0
    1948 112 112 0
    1949 123 123 0
    1950 109 109 0
    1951 153 153 0
    1952 110 110 0
    1953 130 130 0
    1954 112 112 0
    1955 152 152 0
    1956 121 121 0
    1957 188 188 0
    1958 226 226 0
    1959 277 277 0
    1960 262 262 0
    1961 324 324 0
    1962 486 486 0
    1963 524 524 0
    1964 477 471 6
    1965 508 508 0
    1966 589 589 0
    1967 602 602 0
    1968 552 547 5
    1969 594 594 0
    1970 581 581 0
    1971 593 593 0
    1972 484 484 0
    1973 455 455 0
    1974 387 387 0
    1975 386 381 5
    1976 366 366 0
    1977 434 434 0
    1978 409 409 0
    1979 490 490 0
    1980 641 641 0
    1981 1,238 1,233 5
    1982 1,161 1,161 0
    1983 1,202 1,195 7
    1984 1,083 1,083 0
    1985 1,108 1,099 9
    1986 1,064 1,058 6
    1987 1,128 1,123 5
    1988 1,169 1,164 5
    1989 1,073 1,058 15
    1990 1,129 1,124 5
    1991 1,260 1,260 0
    1992 1,353 1,353 0
    1993 1,498 1,498 0
    1994 1,620 1,613 7
    1995 1,763 1,763 0
    1996 2,518 2,513 5
    1997 3,643 3,638 5 #94 girl name
    1998 4,312 4,306 6 #73 girl name
    1999 5,428 5,422 6 #53 girl name
    2000 6,569 6,563 6 #42 girl name
    2001 7,169 7,160 9 #37 girl name
    2002 8,670 8,664 6 #27 girl name
    2003 9,697 9,684 13 #20 girl name
    2004 10,955 10,915 40 #15 girl name
    2005 12,687 12,671 16 #12 girl name
    2006 13,521 13,499 22 #9 girl name
    2007 17,039 17,021 18 #6 girl name
    2008 16,093 16,081 12 #7 girl name
    2009 16,950 16,941 9 #4 girl name
    2010 20,665 20,639 26 #2 girl name
    2011 21,860 21,837 23 #1 girl name
    2012 22,322 22,304 18 #1 girl name
    2013 21,238 21,213 25 #1 girl name
    2014 18,616 18,598 18 #3 girl name
    2015 17,416 17,402 14 #3 girl name
    2016 16,130 16,112 18 #4 girl name
    2017 14,848 14,831 17 #5 girl name

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    Popularity of Sophia as a first name

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    Popularity of Sophia as a last name

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    Common last names for Sophia

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Brown
    • Williams
    • Jones
    • Anderson
    • Martin
    • Davis
    • Thomas
    • Thompson
    • Wilson
    • Nelson
    • Moore
    • Harris
    • Young
    • Lewis
    • Baker
    • Meyer
    • Taylor

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Sophia U.S.
      White 78.89% 64.26%
      African American 3.89% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.33% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 13.89% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Sophia

    People with the last name Sophia are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Sophia

    • What name lists does Sophia rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Sophia? Sophia is the 211th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Sophia was the 5th most popular name. As a last name Sophia was the 100,302nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Sophia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 336,459 babies born with the first name Sophia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sophia to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sophia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 138 new born babies.
    • When was Sophia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sophia is Monday, October 15th, 1866.
    • What year had the most people named Sophia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sophia was in 2012 with a total of 22,304 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sophia!
    • Random Sophia Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sophia ranks 14th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 135 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Sophia: Your name in reverse order is Aihpos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oshpia. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Sophia? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 180 people with the last name Sophia.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sophia? Sophia is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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