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Sophia versus Anna

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Littenpojke Fri 11-Apr-14 14:08:34

Dh is for Sophia, I prefer Anna. Dh is Scandinavian and says that Anna is just too common back home.

Is Anna or Sophia more common in your experience (in the UK)?

Which name (Anna or Sophia) do you think sounds nicest in the English language? We don't like Sophie though. Please help!!

Dillydollydaydream Fri 11-Apr-14 14:14:55

I think Sofia/Sophia is used more often.
Ana Sophia is lovely smile

Littenpojke Fri 11-Apr-14 14:20:36

Thanks dilly. Which name does sound nicer in the English language in your opinion?

HolidayCriminal Fri 11-Apr-14 14:34:08

They both sound lovely, I reckon. Anna is uncommon IME for under 10s, Sophia even more unusual but Sophie is extremely common for age 8+ AND a lot of people will convert Sophia to Sophie.

I like them both a lot but would probably choose Anna.

Littenpojke Fri 11-Apr-14 14:41:48

The spelling Sofia is more common in Scandinavia but would people in England find this spelling weird or pretentious?

MagratGarlik Fri 11-Apr-14 14:56:00

Don't give a well known name with an unusual (but valid) spelling. I speak from experience because I have a well known name, but a less common spelling. I have gone my whole life with people institing on spelling my name incorrectly, even when I spell it out for them. This even extended to HMRC sending me my national insurance number card with my name spelt wrongly -it still causes hassle as I keep on having to prove that no, I have not changed my name by deed-poll etc etc.

Kantha Fri 11-Apr-14 15:32:54

Anna every time

wigglesrock Fri 11-Apr-14 15:51:41

I have 3 daughters, the oldest is Sofia & the youngest is Anna smile . So I can't help you choose, but they're both lovely!

Littenpojke Fri 11-Apr-14 16:02:03

Magrat, I totally see your point and agree. Thanks for your thoughts!

Wiggle, how would you characterise the names (not sure if that's the right word) but is Anna sort of fun and clever and sof/phia sophisticated (sorry) and more serious?

wigglesrock Fri 11-Apr-14 16:12:41

Well my Sofia is 8, so she thinks she's terribly sophisticated smile . She's kind, generous, goofy, very funny & a tad sensitive. She's like most 8 year olds. Anna is 3 - she's very lively, one might say spirited!

It's strange from the minute I was pregnant with dd1, she was always going to be Sofia, I was so set on the name. I had dd2, picked her name really quickly as well. With dd3 I just thought Anna was the loveliest name ever but yet I'd never even considered it for the other 2.

Littenpojke Fri 11-Apr-14 16:29:40

That sounds lovely wiggles smile. thanks

BananaHammocks Fri 11-Apr-14 18:59:30

Anna - Currently number 68 and dropping:

Sophia - Currently number 15 and shooting up:

Sofia - Currently number 43 and shooting up:

I'd go for Anna!

Sharaluck Fri 11-Apr-14 23:08:00


CountessOfRule Fri 11-Apr-14 23:16:46

Anna is just lovely.

Nothing wrong with Sophie/Sophia, there's just a lot of them, and they get called Soph.

Anna suits all ages, characters, colouring, etc. Love it.

Snowflakepie Fri 11-Apr-14 23:21:34

Anna. That was our choice for DC2 but he was a DS. Still love it.

DH chose Sophia as our standby name for DD in case our preferred name seemed wrong. I never warmed to it, though it is lovely. Very glad now that we didn't use it as I know 3 Sophia/ Sofia/Sophie girls of the same age.

You can also pronounce it so-fy-aaa which might add to the mix? This is how we would have said it which I don't think is the more conventional English way. More levels of confusion, I don't think I would have been happy with that.

Anna Sophia is really nice though, I would go for that. Good luck!

Pannacotta Fri 11-Apr-14 23:23:54

How about Ann-Sofie?

adaloveslace Sat 12-Apr-14 02:19:25

I prefer Anna. I know a beautiful teenage Annaliese who mostly goes by Anna and loves her name and the options it gives (Annie, Liese among others).

Sophia is lovely too, especially when shortened to Fia (which means 'deer' in Irish).

Hairytoekerr01 Sat 12-Apr-14 02:33:26

I come into contact with a lot of Easter Europeans in my job and find like most migrant groups the anglicized their children's names quite quickly. Anna is popular especially with polish and Latvian kids, then recently I have seen kids call Sophia (anglicized) from Sofia mainly from the Romanian community. Some lovely names and personally think it a shame they think they need to change the spelling to make it more acceptable. I wonder (Based on nothing but my observations in London) if this is why these names are having a popularity boost?., anyone else seen anything similar?

Littenpojke Sat 12-Apr-14 12:13:02

Maybe it will be Anna Sophia then. Or sophia anna? hmm smile. Anna is still ny prefer ace but I wonder if sophia has more 'weight' ad longer and more vowels...
Is an anna more gentle/shy and a sophia more 'out there'. Apologies for sounding so generalising I am just trying to get the right feel for the names.

Littenpojke Sat 12-Apr-14 12:14:50

* Anna is still my preferred name..
Sorry for typos

WhispersOfWickedness Sat 12-Apr-14 13:19:05

Anna definitely, it's a beautiful name and not nearly as popular smile
If you are thinking of Sophia, I don't think anyone here could have a problem with Sofia smile Also wanted to say, there is a popular children's tv character on the Disney channel called Sofia, which may be increasing its popularity!

CountessOfRule Sat 12-Apr-14 17:31:53

I think Sophie is wet not as strong as Anna which is more assertive and elegant all at once.

Questionsquestionsquestions123 Sat 12-Apr-14 17:57:42

I'd choose Anna, pretty name.

Harrin Sat 12-Apr-14 23:49:04

Anna is my favourite girls name. Closely followed by Sophie so I'd go for Anna, it's lovely and underused imo

Limafresco Sun 13-Apr-14 12:25:52

Anna is less common but maybe it's a bit dull?

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