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Updated March 21, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Greek : Wisdom

What does Sofia mean and stand for?

Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria, giving it a meaning directly related to the place. It is also a variation of Sophia, meaning "wisdom" and of Greek origins.

Syllables: 3

How Popular Is The Name Sofia

Family name origins & meanings

  • Southern Italian : metronymic from a female personal name Sofia, based on Greek sophia ‘wisdom’, or a nickname with this meaning.

Famous people with this first name


According to Social Security Administration data, Sofia has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 20 baby names since 2011, and in the top 50 since 2007.

However, it is the 22nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Sofia was at its peak popularity in August 2016.

Sofia has been in use since as early as the 4th century. It began to rise in popularity in the 1990s and has continued to climb the charts. Today it is more popular than ever thanks to celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Sofia Richie, and Sofia Coppola and TV characters in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Sofia the First.

Where Is It Popular?

Nicknames for Sofia

  • Fi
  • Fia
  • Sof
  • Sofie

Pairs well with these middle names


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