Sophie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Sophie

Sophie

Pronunciation: SOH-fee (key)

Origin of the name Sophie:

A borrowing from the Greek, Sophia is directly derived from sophia (wisdom, skill). The name has been in common use in England since the 17th century, when it was bestowed upon the infant daughter of James I.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Sofie, Sophia

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Comments and insights on the name Sophie: | Edit

After Sophia made it to the top 10, Sophie entered the top 100, and now at #82, it's bound to rise even higher!

A woman who works at our university named her daughter Sophie recently (West Coast of USA) and while it is pretty and cute, everyone laughs, teases, and basically mercilessly mocks it for being a "dog's name" or, if they're feeling kinder, a "poodle's name." If you can get past the poodle, it really is lovely and sweet.

Sophie is not so common in the US that there will be five Sophie's in your kid's class, but neither will she ever find a keychain with her name on it like the Elizabeths and Janes and Susans of the world will. However, if she lives or goes to the UK or Europe, it will be the completely opposite and there are "Sophie keychains" everywhere. But it's a simple enough name that no one will ever pronounce it wrong (except to mistakingly call her Sophia) or lift an eyebrow at it or ask how her parents' came up with it. It's a pretty and serviceable name and it will serve her no matter what her personality is.

You can have custom made things with every name for pretty low prices these days so that argument doesn't work anymore.

I like Sophie even better than Sophia because it's so down to earth and sweet while Sophia is more sophisticated and stuck up (just my opinion, please don't murder me).

Personal experiences with the name Sophie: | Edit

A cute, adorable name that suits any little girl and grows up fine to a beautiful adult. This name is absolutely wonderful!

I absolutely adore this name and have never wished for a different one (though I have wished for a different middle name). My only cross to bear with this name is that I'm forever telling people that it's Sophie, not Sophia and that it's spelled with a "ph" not an "f" and an "ie" not an "ia". In school the kids teased me with "sofa" but as cruel nicknames go that one is pretty good (at least it's not like the poor Richards and Dicks of the world). All in all, I'm entirely happy and blessed to have Sophie as my name and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sophie is the best name I could have and I'm very lucky to have it! Everyone tells me, "what a pretty name!". Sophie is becoming very popular though, so I don't feel as unique as I want to. Though I have a friend named Sophie, and her real name is Sophia. Her parents were debating between the two, because they thought Sophie would sound too babyish as an adult and Sophia too sophisticated as a kid, so they named her Sophia and she goes by Sophie and maybe later will go by Sophia. There are 2 Sophias and 2 Sophies (including me) in my grade, but one Sophie's real name is Sophia, so at least I can say I'm the only birth Sophie in my grade. Also, a tip for when you have two people with the same name: take the first initial of the last name and replace the first letter with that. So when my friend Sophie comes over we go by Dophie and Pophie.

Nicknames for Sophie: | Edit

Soph, Sophie-bear, Slow-phie, Sofa, Sophie-Soph, soap-ee, Fi, Soph-a-loph, Plopher, Ploph, Phia, Phee, Phie, Phie Phie, Fee, Fee Fee, Sophie BaGophie, Gophsters,Gophers, Gophs, Ophie Dophie, Soph Soph Soph

Meanings and history of the name Sophie: | Edit

Wise- Sophie means wisdom.

Famous real-life people named Sophie: | Edit

Sophie Tucker, American actress and singer
Sophie Turner, English actress
Sophie Marceau, French actress
Sophie Anne Sinise (b. 1988), daughter of Moira and Gary Sinise
Sophie Lane Nolte (b. 2007), daughter of Clytie Lane and Nick Nolte
Sophie Frederica Alohilani Von Haselberg (b. 1986), daughter of Bette Midler and Martin Von Haselberg
Sophie Fisher - Drew Barrymore's character in the movie Music and Lyrics

Sophie in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Soph", one of Bette Midler's stage characters, based on Sophie Tucker
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
Sophie's Choice, novel and film (Meryl Streep starred as Sophie of the title)
Sophie is a main character in Mamma Mia!, the Broadway musical and 2008 movie
Sophie's Hideaway, a children's book by Renate Kozikowsk
Sophie is the main character of the Roald Dahl book, the BFG. (Named after Dahl's granddaughter, Sophie Dahl).
"Sophie Skates" a children's picture book by Rachel Isadora
Sophie is the main character of the book and movie Howl's Moving Castle.
Sophie is the main character in 2010's romantic comedy, Letters to Juliet.
Sophie is a main character in the book series "The Immortal Nicholas Flamel" by Michael Scott

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