"Sophie" Baby Name Meaning and Info
When I was young I though Sophie was an "old timer's" name because the only person I knew with that name was my grandmother, that is besides the actress Sophie Tucker...now there was a 'lady' to wonder about. Then, along came Sophia Loren, close but not Sophie. The next 'popular' siting of the name was "Sophie's Choice", a 1982 dramatic film starring Meryl Streep.
Sophie is actually most popular in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Scotland. Right now, Sophie is near the top of the Baby Girls Names list. From 1996 to 2012 Sophie has gained popularity. The New York Daily News, however, names Sophia one of the top. "But different spellings of the same name also placed high on the list. Sofia, as in the “Lost in Translation” director Sofia Coppola, was No. 19. Sophie was No. 51." (http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-05-14/news/31704068_1_popular-baby-names-girl-names-boy-names, Sophia is most popular name for girls, CORKY SIEMASZKO, Monday, May 14, 2012)
Origins of the name Sophie
What's all the fuss about? Sophie/Sophia means 'wisdom' in Greek. The name itself is believed to have come from a saint, who had three daughters who were beheaded for their love of Christ and following His ways. Legend attributes Sophie (St. Sophie Romana) as the mother of the three virtues (her daughters) Faith, Hope and Love. Actually, their names were Pistis, Elpis and Agape; Pistis stands for Faith, Elpis stands for Hope and Agape stands for Love. Sophie was widowed shortly after the birth of her last daughter. She raised her girls to believe in Jesus Christ and to be holy and virtuous.
Her daughters were 12, 10, and 9 when they were taken before the Emperor Hadrian. A Roman woman named Palladia took care of them and tried to convert them to Roman ways and the Roman lifestyle, but even at their young age, they refused.
Hadrain was infuriated and had them tortured, one at a time. Each of the first two, Pistis and Elpis, were beheaded. By the time he got to nine year old Agape, he was furious! First he had her hung on the gallows and chained so tightly that her arms and legs were broken by the chains. Then she was thrown into a furnace ( it is said she was delivered by an angel from that furnace) Hadrian then had her beheaded while Sophie watched. It is said she stayed by their tomb until her own death three days later.
Sophie in Other Languages
Sofiya (Bulgarian), Sofia (Catalan), Sofija, Sonja (Croatian), Sofie, Žofie, Soňa (Czech), Sofie, Vivi (Danish), Sophie,Sofie (Dutch), Sofia (Estonian), Sofia, Sohvi, Sonja (Finnish), Sophie (French), Zsófia, Zsófika (Hungarian), Sofia, Sonia (Italian), Sofija (Latvian),Sofija (Lithuanian), Sofija, Sonja (Macedonian), Sofia, Vivi (Norwegian), Zofia, Zosia (Polish), Sofia, Sonia (Portuguese), Sofia,Sonia (Romanian), Sofiya, Sofya, Sonya (Russian), Sonja (Scandinavian), Sofija, Sonja (Serbian), Sofia, Žofia, Soňa (Slovak), Sonja (Slovene),Sofía, Sonia (Spanish), Sofia, Vivi (Swedish), Sofiya (Ukrainian)
Traits attributed to girls named Sophie
- Heart of gold
- Has a love for the beach
- Friendly towards most people she meets
- Unique style
Sophie is believed to be a traditional French name, being the French form of Sophia. Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code" helped to popularize the name in 2003 (character Sophie Neveu) and then again in the movie in 2006.
Though it has gained in popularity it is still not a "common" name. In 2011 Sophia was ranked the No. 1 female name in the US at babycenter.com, and No. 3 BabyCenter Popluation. In any variation it is certainly a name to consider if you are having a baby girl.
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