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Sophia - too popular?

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BooksnTea Wed 27-Nov-19 10:12:18

We just found out the gender of our first child at a growth scan at 39 weeks. We're delighted to be having a girl! Over the last few months, we had ironed out our favourite first names for each gender and our girl name is Sophia. We like the meaning (wisdom) and that it's classic and easy for people to know how to pronounce on sight. But now I'm having second thoughts as it's so very popular. Should we consider a different first name???
The other thing we've been thinking about is what middle names to use, if we stick with Sophia. We plan to have 2 middle names as that's what DH's family do. Both of my grandmothers were named Margaret, so we definitely want that as 1 of the middle names, even if we change our first name. What do people think for the other middle name and the ordering?
If we stick with Sophia, here are some of our favourite combos so far:
Sophia Margaret Elizabeth
Sophia Margaret Gabriella
Sophia Margaret Hope
Sophia Margaret Olivia
Sophia Helen Margaret (Helen is a family name on DH's side)
Any input would be helpful. smile Thank you

rararaspberry Wed 27-Nov-19 10:18:57

Its lovely and classic and popular for a reason. Go for it if you love it. I like Sophia Margaret Elizabeth (as long as your last name doesn't begin with a G!)

bridgetreilly Wed 27-Nov-19 10:26:55

Sophia is lovely, and although it is fairly popular, there still won't be half a dozen in her class. No names are that popular these days.

Sophia Margaret Hope or Sophia Margaret Helen would be my choices from your list.

MollyHuaCha Wed 27-Nov-19 10:31:48

Lovely name

Leopardprintboots Wed 27-Nov-19 10:51:57

Love the name sophia

I actually haven’t met one yet in four years at baby groups but I see from the charts that yes it’s popular. Agree with PP though that names aren’t like they used to be - the days of 1 in ever 4 men being called John are gone

You can look at the percentage and calculate how many babies per 1000 are called Sophia and see if you can live with that number?

troppibambini Wed 27-Nov-19 10:59:04

We have a Sofia, we also have four kids.
He my sons reception year there is 1 (90 kids)
Y1 there are aren't any (90 kids)
Y4 1 (90 kids)
Y10 I'm not sure but I've never heard her mention any.

We come across the odd one but certainly not loads.

MrsNoMopp Wed 27-Nov-19 11:01:22

Sophia is a lovely name and quite an unusual choice ATM. I think Olivia or Helen would fit best as middle name along with Margaret.

Sophia Margaret Alice
Sophia Margaret Louise
Sophia Margaret Victoria
Sophia Margaret Rachel
Sophia Margaret Emily
Sophia Margaret Jane
Sophia Margaret Claire

PetraRabbit Wed 27-Nov-19 15:31:54

Far too popular for me. I know a lot of girls called Sophia. It is an extremely popular name, similar to Ava and Amelia where I live, and she'll go through life meeting many other Sophias, but the plus is that people really like it - all generations seem to love it- so you'd get very positive reactions announcing it. Adding Margaret to the name does make it more intetesting and help distinguish it from the hundreds of girls out there called Sophia Grace, Sophia Rose and Sophia May etc. I think you should use it- you love it and have thought through your choice.

Thetimetravelerswife Wed 27-Nov-19 16:19:02

I do like the name, and works in every culture.

My niece is sophia but there were 5 girls in her class of 20 at school so a 5th of class were sophia!

But perhaps it’s just very popular where I live, but with good reason.

ChaosisntapitChaosisaladder19 Wed 27-Nov-19 16:20:05

I prefer Sophie as I have a little Sophie myself loads more Sophia's about.

LEBW Wed 27-Nov-19 16:23:10

Love the name Sophia. Never met one that hasn't been lovely either

Leopardprintboots Wed 27-Nov-19 16:30:59

If you look on the actual name charts the number of babies called Sophia has consistently declined since 2013 so it’s not anywhere near as popular as it was. Hope this helps

movingonup123 Wed 27-Nov-19 16:35:02

I have a Sophia Holly Louise. Always loved the name after hearing the actress' name Sophia Loren many moons ago. I know no other Sophia's and she is the only one in her school - in fact the only child in her school with a name beginning with S!!! which she loves.

It's a beautiful name.

HeadlessGummyBears Thu 28-Nov-19 21:49:50

From your list, I like Sophia Helen Margaret or as pp said Sophia Margaret Helen the most. The others are also nice. But I think honouring both sides of the family is also an added bonus.

daisypond Thu 28-Nov-19 21:56:14

Sophia Helen Margaret. But there are two pronunciations of Sophia, so not obvious how to pronounce it. I would always go for the traditional English way first - So-FYE-a.

HisBetterHalf Thu 28-Nov-19 22:08:43

Sophia is a beautiful name

Helbelle17 Thu 28-Nov-19 22:12:59

We have a Sophia Elizabeth. I'm a teacher and haven't come across that many others, but I don't think it really matters.
It is a beautiful name and our little girl suits it perfectly.
There were lots of Helens when I was at school and university, but I still like my name!

GoldishLeafs Thu 28-Nov-19 22:13:46

I only know 2 Sophias and they are both sooooo adorable!!! 💕

Foxes157 Thu 28-Nov-19 22:31:28

I'm biased but I much prefer Sophie, more classic and less of it's time than Sophia. It just looks and sounds better

It's a perfectly fine name

DramaAlpaca Thu 28-Nov-19 23:42:59

Sophia is beautiful, but I also prefer Sophie.

As for middle names, I like Sophia Margaret Hope, or Sophia Margaret Helen.

HopScotchHop Fri 29-Nov-19 06:42:22

Also agree with previous posters that Sophia is very ‘now’. Sophie to me is more classic and pretty.

RowenaMud Fri 29-Nov-19 13:13:53

I only like the name Sophie when said in a French accent 😀

It can sound so harsh in certain accents (and tv soaps!) so Sophia is nicer imo.

LarkDescending Fri 29-Nov-19 13:29:25

Congratulations! You can’t really go wrong with the classically beautiful Sophia.

I like Sophia Helen Margaret.from your combinations.

diddlediddle Fri 29-Nov-19 14:23:01

Sorry I think Sophia is terribly boring on account of how many there are - especially when combined with the Sofias and Sophies.

Love Margaret, Gabriella and Hope. Elizabeth is fine. Olivia is extremely common.

Could you have Margaret, Gabriella or Hope as the first name?

diddlediddle Fri 29-Nov-19 14:24:01

Oh and Helen is also lovely, in fact is my favourite. Helen Margaret Hope is beautiful.

MikeUniformMike Fri 29-Nov-19 15:46:18

I prefer Sophie too but Sophia is very nice. It was very popular about 8 years ago around me. Helen is nice. I don't think you need two middle names with a three syllable first name.

Sophia Helen Tea is nice as is Sophia Margaret Tea.

MikeUniformMike Fri 29-Nov-19 15:49:05

Sophia seems more fresh than Ava, Olivia, Eva etc because it is quite a strong name.Great meaning.

I prefer the Soph-eye-a way of saying it.

A not overused classic Maria might be an alternative,or how about Margarita?

Aroundtheworldin80moves Fri 29-Nov-19 15:57:14

It was given to 0.36% babies last year. So approximately one in every 300 babies will be called Sophia.

It's a pretty name that travels well.

TenThousandSpoons Fri 29-Nov-19 17:49:04

Sophia is lovely. I’d avoid the SMH initials because of the acronym (“Shaking my head”) otherwise any of the middle names work well.

sarah30000 Fri 29-Nov-19 18:02:24

Pretty sure no one ever is going to look at the initials SMH and think, oh no poor child, that means shaking my head 😂

Enko Fri 29-Nov-19 18:24:35

It's a beautiful classic name. I would go with Sophia Helen Margaret if it is middle names for both sides of the family. I love using names like this. Each of my children is named after a loved family member

MissHenty Fri 29-Nov-19 18:37:28

I agree @sarah30000

TenThousandSpoons Fri 29-Nov-19 20:09:42

Well it’s the first thing I thought. If SMH Smith was written down I’d think it, same as if LOL Jones was written down.

MissHenty Fri 29-Nov-19 20:44:57

Yes fair enough @TenThousandSpoons it’s always good to hear different opinions on here 👍

Parttimewasteoftime Fri 29-Nov-19 20:53:48

Does no one else think of Sophia the 1st the Princess programme on nick 😂 Like it and do not know any (2 school aged children)

Minai Fri 29-Nov-19 20:53:54

I love it. Popular names are popular for a reason and imho I don’t think it’s a bad think to have a popular name. I think people can place too much importance of having an unusual or unique name. I doubt there will be loads of other Sophia’s in her class. I have 2 very young children so have met a lot of babies at groups and I haven’t seen many Sophia’s.

123Dancewithme Fri 29-Nov-19 21:12:37

Sophia Margaret Helen would be lovely.

MidnightMystery Fri 29-Nov-19 21:45:15

Sophia M Elizabeth
Beautiful name!

littlealexhorne Fri 29-Nov-19 23:04:37

I like Sophia Margaret Gabriella. Sophia is popular but not in the way of Megan/Emily/Olivia etc so I wouldn't worry about that, its a gorgeous name.

cerios156 Mon 02-Dec-19 00:37:24

Actual Sophia here! In my late 20s.

Always served me well. I went by Sophie until university when I "graduated" to the less cute, slightly more mature sounding Sophia. Nicknames have included Fee and the decidedly less glamorous "Soph."

It's an incredibly international name that works well in other languages (in case your daughter ends up traveling often) and seems to be a weird hit with the older generations especially. I know it's been on the charts for a while, but I honestly very very rarely meet other Sophias. Probably one every three or four years.

I would definitely go with Sophia over Sofia, but I'm biased.

And for the love of god, don't expect anyone to call her "suh-FIE-uh" without prompting. My friend called her daughter Melissa and always gets upset when no one pronounces it MEL-iss-a like she intended. Smh.

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