What do you think of this name?

Hi I am a first time poster but have read the forum for a few days now. I am pregnant with our first. A girl. We are looking for a name that is not widely used but yet can be easily pronounced and it's clear it's a girl's name. 

I am looking for reviews on the name Sofiana. I found the name on this website but there is not much information about it, if any to be honest. I suppose the name could be spelt Sophiana?

What I want to know is... 

Is the name in use in America?

Is it a created name?

Does the name have history of use in other cultures?

How would you pronouce the name?

How would you spell it? Sofiana or Sophiana?

Other names we like are Aria, Elodie, Everly, Isabeth, Leoni, Luciana, Tallulah. 

Thanks for any feedback.



April 19, 2017 8:14 PM

Just a note: Sofian(e)/Sufyan is a transliteration of an Arabic masculine name 


April 19, 2017 8:33 PM

While I don't dispute that this is one origin, I think that Sofiane/Sofiana as a mashup of Sofie and Anne/Anna/Ana is an equally valid origin. 

April 19, 2017 9:40 PM

You are right in that it is an obvious mashup. However, if I were considering this name, I would want to know that it is also an Arabic masculine name, especially since the op asked about use in other cultures and indicated a desire in particular for a name that is feminine.

April 20, 2017 7:54 AM

Sopianae is the Latin name of the Hungarian city of Pécs. That's what the spelling Sophiana makes me think of.

April 20, 2017 8:06 AM

Since you've only been poking around for a few days, you probably aren't aware of the many discussions we have had about this name and its variants in the past. Several other users have had the same questions you have; the answers probably haven't changed. You can read some of them here:





April 20, 2017 12:39 PM

It's fascinating how many people have come to this site to ask nearly identical questions about this particular name. Almost unbelievable...

April 20, 2017 1:18 PM

Sometimes the zeitgeist sweeps up many different people at the same time, I guess! Maybe So(ph/f)ia(n)n(e) will be the Casterderrial of the mid-to-late teens... But I still think that one likely has a specific trigger, though after a few days contemplating it, I am prepared to defend its position on a shortlist based on sound alone. (no, I won't be naming more kids, but if we get a pair of cats they will be Casterdell and Deneen for sure).

April 20, 2017 3:33 PM

I love Casterdell and Deneen for a pair of cats.  Someone should get on an animated version of that.

April 21, 2017 12:57 AM

I just read the Casterdell thread, but where did Deneen come from? I know a Deneen born in the late 70s or early 80s.

April 21, 2017 1:52 AM

It was the last installment of name mystery sleuthing during a slow time in the forum, and also a huge victory of this forum's hivemind! Deneen is the trendiest name of all time, and no one had any clue about what motivated that huge spike (Nancy called it "the million dollar baby name mystery")... that is, until the brilliant people here solved it for me so I could get some sleep! 



April 20, 2017 1:39 PM

Almost, eh...

Being as generous (and credulous) as possible, perhaps people are still drawn to Soph/fie but are turned off by its popularity and so are looking to create variants. Maybe next we'll be fielding questions about Sofibelle or Sophilynn.

April 20, 2017 3:34 PM

Perhaps also Sophieleigh & Sophiedora?  What else could work when spliced with Sophie?

April 20, 2017 5:13 PM

So simple. So perfect.


April 20, 2017 5:22 PM

Oh, Miriam, you just came so close to owing me a new computer -- but I am very pleased that I finished swallowing before I read your comment.

April 20, 2017 7:00 PM

Hahaha! Perfect :)

April 20, 2017 5:23 PM

Everything is better with an -ina ending! 

April 20, 2017 5:42 PM

I was curious and came up with the full list of Sophie mashups in current use (not just variant spellings of of Sophia/Sophie). I know I've done this before, probably on one of the above threads discussing Sophie mashups, but given how long these questions have been kicking around this forum, I'm sure I last searched on a year other than 2015 data.


Sophina,F,19    <-- I'm actually shocked that this is actually so much of a thing in reality!




Sophiaanne,F,7 (Note the SSA data strips out internal capitalization and hyphens/other punctuation, so I'm guessing these girls are really Sophia-Anne or SophiaAnne.)







So far mostly limited to the usual middle name suspects tacked on, rather than true namesmooshes... but I bet the age of Sophiedora and Sophilee is coming!

April 20, 2017 6:50 PM

Quebec's 2016 baby names came out this week (yay!) and these are all the Sof/phie/a names that were used. (Unless otherwise noted, the name was used once.) This isn't including the many, many double-barrelled names except the Ann(e)-related ones.



Sofia (310)

Sofiane (5)


Sofie (2)

Sofines (2)






Sophia (181)



Sophie (134)

Sophie-Ann (2)

Sophie-Anne (2)

Sophya (2)


For those counting at home, that's 8 different (Sophie/Sofie et al + Ann/e/a) combinations -- 9 if you count Sofana -- just in Quebec, so clearly many people are attracted to that combination. 

April 21, 2017 12:35 PM

I just noticed Sophariya on my list. I'm guessing that it's a mashup of Sophie/a and Ariya (aka Aria), but when I first read it, I made the stress pattern SOFE-uh-REE-uh, which has less a than desireable association. I'm really hoping that it's sofe-Æ-ree-ya!

April 20, 2017 8:44 PM

Sophina wins as the most accurate guess!

Sophiaisabelle is just awful.  I know what it is, but it makes my eyes hurt trying to read it.  Can you imagine trying to learn to spell that?  It'd take up the whole page when scrawled in kindergarten print.

April 20, 2017 8:50 PM

It's the -iaisa- in the middle that messes with the eyes and requires very deliberate parsing.

April 20, 2017 9:30 PM

I am willing to bet they were all Sophia-Isabelle (maybe SophiaIsabelle or Sophia'Isabelle or Sophia Isabelle with a space but entered as the first name). Regardless of what punctuation you throw in there which helps the brain not parse the -iaisa- bit as "aiyaiyai", like what you mutter when your kids are cheeky.

April 20, 2017 9:51 PM

Most likely, but not guaranteed!

April 21, 2017 2:52 AM

It's pretty annoying that US name statistics strip out hyphens and punctuation, no? And seems kind of backwards when hyphens are not exactly unusual in English.

Almost as stupid as Spain insisting on putting hyphens IN between given names, which is okay if you're looking at Sophronia-Rose and a whole different kind of brain pain if you're dealing with Sophronia-Eugenia.

April 21, 2017 12:54 AM

I work with a Sophronia (in her 60s)

By mk
April 21, 2017 12:22 PM

I'd love to see this name come back, so I think Sophronia is a great option for people who like the Soph- sound.

Sophina doesn't surprise me, I've seen that name before.

April 21, 2017 2:08 PM

I agree, I've suggested it a couple of times to prospective namers here as a Sophia-alternative, but afaik no takers so far.

April 22, 2017 3:43 AM

I think Sofiana is pretty - I think its just a combo of Sofie and Ana


Sophelia or Annasophia are others I've come across