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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

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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