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Is Sophie too popular?

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picknmiss Mon 21-Aug-17 20:40:17

I've suddenly got it in my head that DC2 (DD1) is going to be called Sophie!

Is this too popular and will she be one of many in her class? My name is very common, similar to Sarah and I've always been Sarah B. Which is a bit annoying and I'd prefer to avoid for her if possible!

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Mon 21-Aug-17 20:44:48

Not sure about newborns bit I know lots of Sophies aged 5 - 15. I also work with two Sophies who are in their late 20s/early 30s.

I went through life being called "Used to + surname" so we made sure our dc have unusual but not too "out there" names. If you're not sure, don't risk it.

Having said that, one of my friends called her daughter "Honey" 20 years ago as she wanted something unusual for her. Moved to a small village where it turns out here's another Honey in the same year (of less than 14 girls).

early30smum Mon 21-Aug-17 20:52:17

According to the chart posted by someone recently, Sophie was number 11 in 2015... but I don't know any Sophies who are babies or toddlers! Loads my age (early-mid thirties). It's a lovely name.

SnowiestMountain Mon 21-Aug-17 20:54:53

I have one! It is VERY popular around here, I can think of at least 8 off the top of my head, both women & children, but still, I absolutely love it, and obviously loads of other people do too! grin

Babyblues14 Mon 21-Aug-17 20:57:18

I'm calling my daughter amelia. I know it's popular but it doesn't make a difference. If you like it go for it x

Jooni Mon 21-Aug-17 21:02:59

It is definitely popular round here but it's unlikely there will be more than one or two per class if you look at the actual stats. Sounds like it's just clicked, I'd go for it! Sophie is lovely and timeless.

picknmiss Mon 21-Aug-17 21:04:00

Thanks for all the replies! I am very heartened by all your encouragement to go for it smile
I have three friends in their 30s called Sophie and one toddler Sophia but I guess you never know how many you're going to cross paths with in the future so no point trying to guess!

Muddlingalongalone Mon 21-Aug-17 21:07:11

I have one & know 2 others within 6 months (met since she was born), one of whom she's likely to be in the same class with.
On the otherhand the only duplicate name out of 60 in DD1's year at school is Aaron. There are 3 with 2 spellings.

jellyandsoup Mon 21-Aug-17 21:07:51

I see lots of babies at work and haven't seen a sophie in ages x

ForTheLoveOfSleep Mon 21-Aug-17 21:08:31

I have a toddler Sophie. I only know two others and they are grown ups (30's).

guiltybystander Mon 21-Aug-17 21:09:00

Yes, too many Sophies and Sofias.

MammieBear Mon 21-Aug-17 21:11:54

It's a lovely name go for it if you love it

petitdonkey Mon 21-Aug-17 21:13:35

At my DCs school there is only one Sophie who has just left year 6 (300 children and I teach there so am not guessing) but there are two Hero's in reception - I bet their parents we aiming for 'unique'. Notable names of which there are only 1 are:


All such 'common' names to us born in the 70's and 80's but notably unusual in the current cohort.

Sophie is a beautiful name - timeless and classic.

Iamcheeseman Mon 21-Aug-17 21:16:22

I have a toddler sophie. She's known a couple of sophias but no other Sophie. I knew it was popular when I chose it but I don't care. It was the one name that stuck out for Dh and me and the only girls name I could have considered calling her.
At least everyone knows how to spell it and there are always personalised items with it on unlike my name (not that I'm bitter) grin

user1480334601 Mon 21-Aug-17 21:16:50

I have a little 10 week old Sophie! smile me and DP just knew that was her name when I was 3 months pregnant for some reason

Fruitboxjury Mon 21-Aug-17 21:23:11

If you have an unusual surname I think Sophie would work well. If you have in any way a common, normal or plain sounding surname (judge yourself - not for me to comment!) then to add so Sophie might overall make for quite a forgettable name as it's so popular. If your surname is quite common, I would opt for a slightly more unusual first name.

I associate Sophie with a timeless version of Helen, Karen, Rebecca and probably Jo or Chloe from the 80s/90s. Good solid names but date if overused, then will probably come back into fashion again a few years later. Everyone I personally associate with these names has been stable, sensible, dependable, hard working.

Mantasay Mon 21-Aug-17 21:35:54

It is popular but I still love it, it has such a lovely soft feel (might be biased). I think it might be ok now as maybe the peak popularity was a few years ago? Check the ONS spreadsheet of name rankings.

MikeUniformMike Mon 21-Aug-17 22:11:50

It is popular for a reason - it's a pretty name.

cedoren Mon 21-Aug-17 22:13:59

It's timeless

PaganGoddessBrigid Mon 21-Aug-17 22:17:35

I like it. It's classic. They crop up in every decade. I find sophia a bit annoying though. Prefer Sophie

MikeUniformMike Mon 21-Aug-17 22:21:28

I prefer Sophie to Sophia/Sofia too.

Tilapia Mon 21-Aug-17 22:25:54

I really like Sophie. It is quite popular though - I know four (including Sophias) age 10 and under.

SuperBeagle Mon 21-Aug-17 23:39:08

It's statistically popular where I live (top 10), but the only Sophies I know are adults and teenagers.

No Sophies among the children I know, although I'm sure there are some around!

picknmiss Mon 21-Aug-17 23:43:01

Thanks for your opinions everyone smile it's making me like the name even more!
Fruitbox we do have an unusual surname, it's Scandinavian, and we may use the spelling Sofie, not sure if that changes people's feelings towards it? Also you've mentioned my name in your 80s/90s list grin

NannyR Mon 21-Aug-17 23:43:39

I don't know of any Sophies under 12, but Sophia is an incredibly popular name in this area. I much prefer Sophie.

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