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Sophia or Louisa

(25 Posts)
Buzimomma Wed 12-Mar-14 10:15:27

I seem to keep coming back to these two names. Dd1 is Arabella. Which would you choose?

PandaFeet Wed 12-Mar-14 10:23:19

Sophia goes best with Arabella.

When saying "Arabella and Louisa" there are too many Ls.

But both are beautiful names.

Sparklysilversequins Wed 12-Mar-14 10:25:24

Louisa. Love it.

TheScience Wed 12-Mar-14 10:27:07

Louisa. If my son's nursery class is anything to go by she'd be one of several Sophias/Sofias/Sophies in her class.

HyvaPaiva Wed 12-Mar-14 10:27:36


Allalonenow Wed 12-Mar-14 10:30:19

They are both lovely names, but Sophia is very popular, so I would pick Louisa.

aGirlDownUnder1 Wed 12-Mar-14 10:41:30

Louisa, a lovely name and not overly popular

smokeandglitter Wed 12-Mar-14 11:11:54

Louisa :-)

Driveway Wed 12-Mar-14 11:26:34


hunreeeal Thu 13-Mar-14 11:50:43


looki Thu 13-Mar-14 11:57:30


sleepingbeautiful Thu 13-Mar-14 14:48:30

Louisa. Makes me think of a Georgian or Victorian literary heroine.
I know more Sophie/Sophias from 0-20 in age than any other name by quite a margin.

Mrsindecision Thu 13-Mar-14 15:56:51

I see Sophie and Sophia as completely different names - so wouldn't lump them together in terms of popularity (just as I see Julie/Julia/Juliet and Anne/Anna etc all as different names). Both names are lovely, and Sophia is obviously the more popular choice. To me however, Sophia just has a bit more about it than Louisa does.

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 13-Mar-14 16:04:50


SaltyGoodness Thu 13-Mar-14 17:51:04

Does Arabella get her name shortened? If she gets 'Bella' (and they all do), then think about whether you like Soph/Fee or Lou/Lulu/Weeza as the nicknames maybe?

Buzimomma Thu 13-Mar-14 22:33:29

Thanks for the feedback so far. Seems that Louisa is proving to be the more popular choice on this thread. SaltyGoodness no, Arabella isn't shortened - I'm not keen on nicknames generally. Dh seems to be favouring Sophia, and I keep swinging between the two. I was always certain about the name Arabella with dd1, but am really struggling this time! confused

Amethyst24 Thu 13-Mar-14 23:39:14

I'm a Sophia, known as Sophie. Before I started using Sophie for everything, I got no end of "Is it Soph-eye-a (which it is), Soph-ee-ya or Sophie-ah?" So bear that in mind. It is a lovely name though.

alita7 Fri 14-Mar-14 08:21:45


MiaowTheCat Fri 14-Mar-14 08:42:36

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JapaneseMargaret Fri 14-Mar-14 09:27:39

Louisa for me. Beautiful name.

Sophia is a bit too ubiquitous. And I say that as someone who has a name that is currently (among small children; not my own generation) a bit too ubiquitous. smile

leesam Fri 14-Mar-14 09:39:35

I have a Sophia and we Havn't come across any other ones yet and she is 4 . Only know 1 Louisa . X congrats on pregnancy x

OrlaNuttin Fri 14-Mar-14 10:56:53

I love Louisa (I have one!) and Sophia was on my list too, so you clearly have excellent taste in names smile
I think Sophia goes slightly better with Arabella, but you're on a winner with either!

Nataleejah Fri 14-Mar-14 14:15:28


WillSingForCake Fri 14-Mar-14 14:35:13

Both lovely, I prefer Sophia.

Sorry OP, we're not being much help really, as seems a 50/50 split!

MrsShortfuse Fri 14-Mar-14 15:16:51

Both gorgeous. I have an acquaintance with a Sophia and they've had lots of misspelling at nursery and school and with friends. Less chance of that with Louisa, if that matters to you.

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