Sophia Name Meaning

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Fact: In Gnostic beliefs, Sophia represents the feminine aspect of God and is often associated with wisdom and the soul’s journey toward enlightenment.

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A Deep Dive

Sophia Overview

Meaning

Wisdom

Gender

Girl

Origin

Greek

Etymology

Derived from the Greek word “sophia,” meaning “wisdom.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/soʊˈfiːə/

Popularity

Sophia is an immensely popular name worldwide, especially in English-speaking and European countries. Recently, Sophia has consistently ranked within the top 5 names for girls in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

5 (Visionary, Expansive, Adventurous)

Name Styles

Popular, Classic, Mythological, Cute

Associated Traits

Wise, graceful, intelligent, compassionate

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Sophia is associated with Saint Sophia, the personification of wisdom in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Name Day

September 30th
A Deep Dive

Sophia Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Sofia, Sophie, Sofie, Zofia, Sofiya, Sofija, Zsofia, Sophina, Sophronia, Sophira, Sofina

Common Nicknames

Sophy, Fia, Sof, Sia, Sophie, Sosie

Diminutives

Soph, Fifi, Sop, So, Sophi

Famous People

  • Sophia Loren
    (Italian Actress)
  • Sophia Bush
    (American Actress)
  • Sophia Grace Brownlee
    (English Singer)
  • Sophia Amoruso
    (American Entrepreneur)
  • Sophia Abrahão
    (Brazilian Actress)
  • Sophia Ali
    (American Actress)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Sophia Petrillo
    ("The Golden Girls," TV Series)
  • "Sophia's War"
    (Novel by Avi)
  • Sophia Burset
    ("Orange is the New Black," TV Series)
  • Sophia
    ("Sophia the First," TV Series)
  • "Sophia"
    (Song by Nerina Pallot)

Places

  • Sophia City
    (West Virginia, USA)
  • Sophia Gardens
    (Cardiff, Wales)
  • Sophia River
    (Queensland, Australia)
  • Sophia Park
    (New York, USA)
  • Sophia Township
    (North Carolina, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Sophia?

Sophia means “wisdom” in Greek. This name often suggests a personality that is intelligent and insightful, embodying qualities of knowledge and understanding.

What Is the Origin of The Name Sophia?

Sophia has Greek origins. It has been used since ancient times and became widely popular in the Christian world due to Saint Sophia, a martyr and symbol of wisdom. The name has been embraced in many cultures and languages, maintaining its elegance and timeless appeal.

Sophia Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Sophia in the U.S. over the Years

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Annual Statistics Breakdown for Sophia

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
20235
No change from 2022
11944
(-417 from 2022)
0.68283
20225
(+1 from 2021)
12361
(-198 from 2021)
0.68938
20216
(-1 from 2020)
12559
(-527 from 2020)
0.70101
20205
(-1 from 2019)
13086
(-715 from 2019)
0.74029
20194
(+1 from 2018)
13801
(-196 from 2018)
0.75215
20185
No change from 2017
13997
(-931 from 2017)
0.75267
20175
(-1 from 2016)
14928
(-1252 from 2016)
0.79019
20164
(-1 from 2015)
16180
(-1270 from 2015)
0.83580
20153
No change from 2014
17450
(-1190 from 2014)
0.89447
20143
(-2 from 2013)
18640
(-2609 from 2013)
0.95281
20131
No change from 2012
21249
(-1084 from 2012)
1.10231
20121
No change from 2011
22333
(+474 from 2011)
1.15150
20111
(+1 from 2010)
21859
(+1205 from 2010)
1.12809
20102
(+2 from 2009)
20654
(+3706 from 2009)
1.05341
20094
(+3 from 2008)
16948
(+858 from 2008)
0.83691
20087
(-1 from 2007)
16090
(-939 from 2007)
0.77249
20076
(+3 from 2006)
17029
(+3526 from 2006)
0.80458
20069
(+3 from 2005)
13503
(+826 from 2005)
0.64592
200512
(+3 from 2004)
12677
(+1758 from 2004)
0.62461
200415
(+5 from 2003)
10919
(+1233 from 2003)
0.54113
200320
(+7 from 2002)
9686
(+1021 from 2002)
0.48274
200227
(+10 from 2001)
8665
(+1503 from 2001)
0.43873
200137
(+5 from 2000)
7162
(+598 from 2000)
0.36155
200042
(+11 from 1999)
6564
(+1141 from 1999)
0.32890
199953
(+20 from 1998)
5423
(+1115 from 1998)
0.27856
199873
(+21 from 1997)
4308
(+668 from 1997)
0.22223
199794
(+31 from 1996)
3640
(+1127 from 1996)
0.19065
1996125
(+43 from 1995)
2513
(+749 from 1995)
0.13107
1995168
(+17 from 1994)
1764
(+151 from 1994)
0.09180
1994185
(+11 from 1993)
1613
(+115 from 1993)
0.08274
1993196
(+15 from 1992)
1498
(+143 from 1992)
0.07598
1992211
(+14 from 1991)
1355
(+92 from 1991)
0.06759
1991225
(+25 from 1990)
1263
(+139 from 1990)
0.06211
1990250
(+4 from 1989)
1124
(+65 from 1989)
0.05471
1989254
(-29 from 1988)
1059
(-106 from 1988)
0.05316
1988225
(+12 from 1987)
1165
(+40 from 1987)
0.06058
1987237
(+8 from 1986)
1125
(+67 from 1986)
0.06003
1986245
(-10 from 1985)
1058
(-42 from 1985)
0.05733
1985235
No change from 1984
1100
(+18 from 1984)
0.05958
1984235
(-25 from 1983)
1082
(-115 from 1983)
0.06000
1983210
(+14 from 1982)
1197
(+36 from 1982)
0.06688
1982224
(-13 from 1981)
1161
(-74 from 1981)
0.06399
1981211
(+155 from 1980)
1235
(+594 from 1980)
0.06905
1980366
(+58 from 1979)
641
(+149 from 1979)
0.03600
1979424
(+54 from 1978)
492
(+84 from 1978)
0.02855
1978478
(-21 from 1977)
408
(-24 from 1977)
0.02482
1977457
(+39 from 1976)
432
(+66 from 1976)
0.02626
1976496
(-11 from 1975)
366
(-14 from 1975)
0.02328
1975485
(-16 from 1974)
380
(-5 from 1974)
0.02435
1974469
(-40 from 1973)
385
(-70 from 1973)
0.02458
1973429
(-24 from 1972)
455
(-31 from 1972)
0.02928
1972405
(-20 from 1971)
486
(-105 from 1971)
0.03014
1971385
(+17 from 1970)
591
(+11 from 1970)
0.03372
1970402
(-17 from 1969)
580
(-13 from 1969)
0.03166
1969385
(+7 from 1968)
593
(+45 from 1968)
0.03364
1968392
(-25 from 1967)
548
(-55 from 1967)
0.03205
1967367
(+9 from 1966)
603
(+14 from 1966)
0.03512
1966376
(+38 from 1965)
589
(+80 from 1965)
0.03355
1965414
(+37 from 1964)
509
(+38 from 1964)
0.02785
1964451
(-27 from 1963)
471
(-53 from 1963)
0.02406
1963424
(+14 from 1962)
524
(+38 from 1962)
0.02636
1962438
(+109 from 1961)
486
(+162 from 1961)
0.02398
1961547
(+75 from 1960)
324
(+62 from 1960)
0.01560
1960622
(-27 from 1959)
262
(-15 from 1959)
0.01260
1959595
(+64 from 1958)
277
(+51 from 1958)
0.01333
1958659
(+71 from 1957)
226
(+38 from 1957)
0.01094
1957730
(+185 from 1956)
188
(+67 from 1956)
0.00896
1956915
(-135 from 1955)
121
(-31 from 1955)
0.00588
1955780
(+125 from 1954)
152
(+39 from 1954)
0.00758
1954905
(-96 from 1953)
113
(-16 from 1953)
0.00568
1953809
(+69 from 1952)
129
(+19 from 1952)
0.00669
1952878
(-172 from 1951)
110
(-43 from 1951)
0.00578
1951706
(+136 from 1950)
153
(+44 from 1950)
0.00828
1950842
(-63 from 1949)
109
(-14 from 1949)
0.00620
1949779
(+42 from 1948)
123
(+11 from 1948)
0.00701
1948821
(+21 from 1947)
112
(+4 from 1947)
0.00643
1947842
(-46 from 1946)
108
(+1 from 1946)
0.00594
1946796
(-62 from 1945)
107
(+4 from 1945)
0.00663
1945734
(+13 from 1944)
103
(-1 from 1944)
0.00765
1944747
(+11 from 1943)
104
No change from 1943
0.00761
1943758
(+95 from 1942)
104
(+23 from 1942)
0.00725
1942853
(-175 from 1941)
81
(-26 from 1941)
0.00583
1941678
(-3 from 1940)
107
(+2 from 1940)
0.00859
1940675
(+5 from 1939)
105
(+6 from 1939)
0.00889
1939680
(+51 from 1938)
99
(+11 from 1938)
0.00873
1938731
(-65 from 1937)
88
(-16 from 1937)
0.00771
1937666
No change from 1936
104
(+6 from 1936)
0.00944
1936666
(-12 from 1935)
98
(-3 from 1935)
0.00909
1935654
(-6 from 1934)
101
(-6 from 1934)
0.00929
1934648
(-2 from 1933)
107
(+4 from 1933)
0.00989
1933646
(-77 from 1932)
103
(-29 from 1932)
0.00985
1932569
(+3 from 1931)
132
(-1 from 1931)
0.01193
1931572
(-19 from 1930)
133
(-19 from 1930)
0.01205
1930553
(-28 from 1929)
152
(-17 from 1929)
0.01303
1929525
(-31 from 1928)
169
(-26 from 1928)
0.01460
1928494
(-47 from 1927)
195
(-45 from 1927)
0.01631
1927447
(-5 from 1926)
240
(+6 from 1926)
0.01941
1926442
(-40 from 1925)
234
(-55 from 1925)
0.01902
1925402
(-38 from 1924)
289
(-68 from 1924)
0.02288
1924364
(-22 from 1923)
357
(-12 from 1923)
0.02755
1923342
(-11 from 1922)
369
(-21 from 1922)
0.02946
1922331
(-32 from 1921)
390
(-99 from 1921)
0.03126
1921299
(-20 from 1920)
489
(-56 from 1920)
0.03821
1920279
(-18 from 1919)
545
(-59 from 1919)
0.04381
1919261
(-5 from 1918)
604
(-25 from 1918)
0.05142
1918256
(-21 from 1917)
629
(-69 from 1917)
0.05231
1917235
(-3 from 1916)
698
(+1 from 1916)
0.06212
1916232
(-6 from 1915)
697
(+5 from 1915)
0.06420
1915226
(+3 from 1914)
692
(+144 from 1914)
0.06759
1914229
(+3 from 1913)
548
(+119 from 1913)
0.06879
1913232
(-7 from 1912)
429
(+32 from 1912)
0.06550
1912225
(+13 from 1911)
397
(+125 from 1911)
0.06766
1911238
(-1 from 1910)
272
(+1 from 1910)
0.06156
1910237
(-15 from 1909)
271
(+15 from 1909)
0.06460
1909222
(-19 from 1908)
256
(-20 from 1908)
0.06955
1908203
(-6 from 1907)
276
(+11 from 1907)
0.07785
1907197
(-3 from 1906)
265
(+18 from 1906)
0.07853
1906194
(+3 from 1905)
247
(+10 from 1905)
0.07880
1905197
(-2 from 1904)
237
(+7 from 1904)
0.07649
1904195
(+2 from 1903)
230
(+17 from 1903)
0.07865
1903197
(-18 from 1902)
213
(-43 from 1902)
0.07656
1902179
(+7 from 1901)
256
(+35 from 1901)
0.09132
1901186
(+11 from 1900)
221
(-38 from 1900)
0.08693
1900197
(-17 from 1899)
259
(+21 from 1899)
0.08151
1899180
(+8 from 1898)
238
(-2 from 1898)
0.09617
1898188
(-26 from 1897)
240
(-38 from 1897)
0.08754
1897162
(-2 from 1896)
278
No change from 1896
0.11197
1896160
(+4 from 1895)
278
(+19 from 1895)
0.11032
1895164
(-8 from 1894)
259
(-17 from 1894)
0.10481
1894156
(+3 from 1893)
276
(+29 from 1893)
0.11696
1893159
(+3 from 1892)
247
(+6 from 1892)
0.10966
1892162
(-9 from 1891)
241
(+21 from 1891)
0.10715
1891153
(-9 from 1890)
220
(-25 from 1890)
0.11192
1890144
(-6 from 1889)
245
(-6 from 1889)
0.12149
1889138
(-2 from 1888)
251
No change from 1888
0.13265
1888136
No change from 1887
251
(+59 from 1887)
0.13249
1887136
(-8 from 1886)
192
(-26 from 1886)
0.12353
1886128
(+6 from 1885)
218
(+33 from 1885)
0.14180
1885134
No change from 1884
185
(+15 from 1884)
0.13033
1884134
(-5 from 1883)
170
(+11 from 1883)
0.12356
1883129
(-13 from 1882)
159
(-20 from 1882)
0.13243
1882116
(+14 from 1881)
179
(+57 from 1881)
0.15472
1881130
(-13 from 1880)
122
(-16 from 1880)
0.12341
1880117
First SSA data recorded
138
First SSA data recorded
0.14139

American States Popularity Rankings for Sophia

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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New York (NY)

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Florida (FL)

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Illinois (IL)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Ohio (OH)

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New Jersey (NJ)

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Michigan (MI)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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North Carolina (NC)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Virginia (VA)

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Washington (WA)

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Georgia (GA)

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Indiana (IN)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Missouri (MO)

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Maryland (MD)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Colorado (CO)

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Tennessee (TN)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Oregon (OR)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Louisiana (LA)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Utah (UT)

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Nevada (NV)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Kansas (KS)

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Iowa (IA)

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Alabama (AL)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Arkansas (AR)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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Idaho (ID)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Maine (ME)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Delaware (DE)

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Alaska (AK)

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South Dakota (SD)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Montana (MT)

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Vermont (VT)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Popularity Rankings for Sophia in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Canada

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Germany

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Popularity in Philippines

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in France

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Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Portugal

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Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in Mexico

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Popularity in Sweden

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Sophia a Name for Boys or Girls?

Sophia is often chosen for girls, thanks to its rich history and the gentle yet strong impression it leaves.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Sophia

  • Soph
  • Fifi
  • Sop
  • So
  • Sophi
  • Hope
  • Paige
  • Blythe
  • June
  • Kate
  • Brooke
  • Dawn
  • Elise
  • Pearl

Sophia in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Sophia Loren (Actress, born 1934): An Italian actress, one of the most awarded and recognizable figures in cinema history.
  • Sophia Bush (Actress, born 1982): An American actress featured in "One Tree Hill" and "Chicago P.D."
  • Sophia Grace Brownlee (Singer, born 2003): An English singer and internet personality who gained popularity on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
  • Sophia Amoruso (Entrepreneur, born 1984): An American businesswoman, founder of the fashion retailer Nasty Gal and the Girlboss media company.
  • Sophia Abrahão (Actress, born 1991): A Brazilian actress and singer with a significant presence in telenovelas.
  • Sophia Ali (Actress, born 1995): An American actress featured in "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Wilds."
  • Sophia Di Martino (Actress, born 1983): A British actress known for her role as Sylvie in the Marvel series "Loki."
  • Sophia Lillis (Actress, born 2002): An American actress recognized for her roles in "It" and "Sharp Objects."
  • Sophia Petrillo ("The Golden Girls," 1985 TV Series): An elderly woman with a sharp wit and no filter, mother to Dorothy Zbornak.
  • "Sophia's War" (2012 Novel by Avi): A historical novel about a young girl named Sophia who becomes a spy during the American Revolution.
  • Sophia Burset ("Orange is the New Black," 2013 TV Series): A transgender inmate who runs the prison's hair salon and struggles with her identity and rights.
  • Sophia ("Sophia the First," 2013 TV Series): An animated children's series about a young girl who becomes a princess when her mother marries the king.
  • "Sophia" (2006 Song by Nerina Pallot): A song that reflects on personal growth and love.
  • Sophia Danko ("The Longest Ride," 2015 Film): A college student who falls in love with a bull rider, exploring themes of love and destiny.
  • Sophia Peletier ("The Walking Dead," 2010 TV Series): A young girl who goes missing during the zombie apocalypse, deeply affecting the group of survivors.
  • Sophia Western ("Tom Jones," 1749 Novel by Henry Fielding): The beautiful and virtuous love interest of the titular character.
  • "Sophia" (2008 Album by Sophia): An indie rock album by the band Sophia, known for its melancholic themes and emotive lyrics.
  • Sophia Marlowe ("Girlboss," 2017 TV Series): A rebellious young woman who starts her own online business, based on the real-life story of Sophia Amoruso.
  • Sophia City (West Virginia, USA): A small city in Raleigh County with a rich coal mining history and vibrant community events.
  • Sophia Gardens (Cardiff, Wales): A large public park with sports facilities, including a cricket ground.
  • Sophia River (Queensland, Australia): A scenic river in Queensland, ideal for fishing and boating.
  • Sophia Park (New York, USA): A community park in New York City featuring green spaces and playgrounds.
  • Sophia Township (North Carolina, USA): A township in Randolph County with rural charm and an agricultural landscape.
  • Sophia Lake (Ontario, Canada): A serene lake in Ontario, perfect for recreational activities such as fishing and kayaking.
  • Sophia Street (London, UK): A historic street in London with charming architecture and cultural significance.
  • Sophia Bay (Antarctica): A coastal bay in Antarctica with an icy landscape and scientific research stations.
  • Sophia Island (British Columbia, Canada): An island in the Pacific Ocean, known for its natural beauty and wildlife habitats.
  • Sophia Hills (California, USA): A range of hills in California, offering hiking trails and panoramic views.

Similar Names to Sophia

  • Sonia
  • Sylvia
  • Seraphina
  • Selena
  • Sienna
  • Sabrina
  • Samara