Origin, Meaning, And History Of Sophie

Sophie derived from the Greek word “Sophos,” meaning “wisdom.” It is also the French version of the popular name Sophia. This feminine name has been in use since the 4th century and is a popular choice for baby girls even today.

Besides the name signifying wisdom, a revered martyr saint named Sophia also added to the allure of the name. This perhaps made the name popular among royalty in Europe. So you have Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, amongst a plethora of princesses and queens with the name Sophia.

It is also believed that the name was popularized in England by the German House of Hanover in the 18th century, possibly due to Princess Sophia of the Palatinate, who married Elector Ernest Augustus to become Electress of Hanover.

There are many variations of Sophia. The Polish variant of Sophie is Zofie, Sofie and Sophy in German, Dutch/Flemish, English and Scandinavian, and Sofieke in Dutch.

The phrase “Sofie’s choice,” which means choosing from two equally bad choices, points to the name’s popularity among the common masses. William Styron’s 1979 book titled “Sofie’s Choice,” which was later made into a film, also added to the popularity of the name.

Sophie is the name of one of the central characters of Nickelodeon series Genie in the House. The older sister, Sophie Norton, loves science and learning different languages. In literature, the name Sophie appears in the 1991 novel Sophie’s World by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder, with the main character Sophie Amundsen. In the bestselling book The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, Sophie Neveu is the name of the cryptologist helping the protagonist Robert Langdon. Sophie remained a popular choice among parents who wanted a short and adorable name for their children and is still appealing to millennial parents.


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Famous People With The Name Sophie

  • Sofie TurnerBritish actress
  • Sophie Helen Rhys-JonesCountess of Wessex
  • Sophie GermainFrench mathematician
  • Sophie Grégoire TrudeauCanadian model, TV host, and wife of Justin Trudeau
  • Sophie McSheraEnglish actress
  • Sophie XeonScottish electronic music producer
  • Sophie McGillAmerican composer and music historian
  • Sophie BlackAmerican award-winning poet
  • Sophie Gates AusterAmerican singer-songwriter and actress
  • Sophie BradleyEnglish footballer

Sophie On The Popularity Chart

Historically a choice of royalty, Sophie has become a common name for baby girls. The graphic representation below will give you more information.

Popularity Over Time

From only 77 babies per million named Sophie in 1980, the popularity of Sophie grew gradually, crossing the 2000 mark in 2001. In 2011, there was a sudden spike in popularity, with 4731 babies per million being named Sophie, only to drop to 2833 in 2017. There is again a rise in Sophie’s popularity, with 3309 babies being christened Sophie in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Ranked 1630 in 1981, the name Sophie ranked its highest in 2011 at 51. It has remained in the top 100 baby names since 2007.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Sophie

You have already named your elder one Sophie and want a similar sounding one for your younger one? Well, we have you covered. Check out the suggestions below.

Names With Similar Meaning As Sophie

If you are looking for more options that signify wisdom, we have listed a few names with the same meaning as Sophie. Have a look.

Name Numerology For Sophie

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