Sofia or Nadia

I am having a baby girl in [name_u]June[/name_u]. I keep going back and forth between [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] and [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]. I love [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] and think it is beautiful and timeless but I hate how popular it is. Though honestly, I have not yet met one [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] in my life. I think [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is beautiful as well and I do like how it isn’t as common. [name_f]Every[/name_f] day I change my mind!

Which do you prefer? The baby will be half Italian.

No negative comments please! :slight_smile:

I love the name [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]. I think it’s really beautiful. [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] is lovely too, but as you said, it’s really popular and I don’t see that going down anytime soon. I would use [name_f]Nadia[/name_f].

I prefer [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] too. It’s very pretty.

I love both, but would probably go with [name_f]Nadia[/name_f], although I sort of like the appearance and meaning of [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] more. Maybe you would like [name_f]Safiyya[/name_f]/Safiya ?

[name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is so pretty! [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] is too, but too popular for me. [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] also has a softer sound imo.

I would go with [name_f]Nadia[/name_f].

You may not have ever met a [name_f]Sofia[/name_f], but given the popularity of the name, that means that your daughter would inevitably meet a ton of [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]'s in her school/social life.

I already commented, but I would also like to suggest [name_f]Nidia[/name_f];very similar to [name_f]Nadia[/name_f], which means hope, [name_f]Nidia[/name_f] means “she who possesses sweetness and grace”

I love both, but I’m leaning [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] (maybe because it seems like people pick [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] just because it’s less popular? I don’t think the merit of a name drops as soon as it gets popular!). I have a coworker who has a [name_f]Sofia[/name_f], and I have a friend in the UK who has a [name_f]Sophia[/name_f], but I only know of both girls through their moms, and have never met them personally, so [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] still feels very fresh to me.

Plus, popularity isn’t what it once was. So [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] came in, last year, at number 14, with 9,650 little girls being given the name. If you divide that equally amongst the states (it wouldn’t be, since not all states are the same, but it gives you a number to work with), you get 193 Sofias being born last year in each state. I’ve done the math for specific states before, and it generally averages out to about 67 counties per state, so, again, this isn’t an accurate number, yada yada. So 193 divided by 67 is 2.8. That’s an average of less than 3 Sofias being born per county, to be divided equally amongst (in general) 20 or so school districts (and this discounts secular private schools, Catholic private schools, [name_m]Christian[/name_m]-but-not-Catholic private schools, charter schools, home schooled kids, etc.!). Which means the chances of her meeting another [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] in her grade, much less her school district, are fairly rare, although, obviously, it could happen! [name_f]Sophia[/name_f], which obviously ranks higher, and sounds just the same, tallies up to about 5 per county per year, which will probably mean that she might go to school with another [name_f]Sophia[/name_f], although it may not necessarily be in her school district. There may be three Sophias and two Sofias, at the absolute most, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, by this math. [name_m]Just[/name_m] some numbers to look at, because I think a lot of people come on here instantly hating popularity, but it’s not what it once was at all.

That being said, I’ve probably met less than a dozen Ashleys, realistically, and I grew up in its heyday. So popularity doesn’t bother me too much, and I like that my popular name made me feel like I sort of belonged, even though I felt like a bit of an outcast, growing up.

I do adore [name_f]Nadia[/name_f], and both meanings are beautiful–“wisdom” and “hope”–but [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] has a bit more of my heart than [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] does. It probably helps that it’s much easier for me to come up with a combo I love for [name_f]Sofia[/name_f], too. :wink:

Good luck!

Another vote for [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]!

I love [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]! It’s so beautiful and underused for how gorgeous it is. It’s a timeless name, and a classic as far as I’m concerned, albeit a Russian classic. [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] is a lovely classic name, too, but it doesn’t have the “wow” factor because it’s too popular now.

[name_u]Love[/name_u] both equally, prefer [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] due to [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]/[name_f]Sophia[/name_f]'s popularity. [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is very sweet -and it means hope, which I love. :slight_smile:

I prefer [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]. Not because it’s less popular (I know of one [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] and one [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]), I just like it better. [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]/[name_f]Sofia[/name_f] is pretty but I feel like [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] has more…umph. Lol

I honestly like both names very much, but I personally prefer [name_f]Sofia[/name_f].

They’re both gorgeous, but l prefer [name_f]Nadia[/name_f].

I prefer [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] too but I just want to say that [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is not a full name but the short form of [name_f]Nadezhda[/name_f]. [name_f]Nadezhda[/name_f] has two nicknames, [name_f]Nadyenka[/name_f] (which I prefer to [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]) and [name_f]Nadia[/name_f]. But of course there are many different variations on the name [name_f]Nadezhda[/name_f] in the different [name_f]East[/name_f] European countries.

Both gorgeous. [name_u]Love[/name_u] this spelling of [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]. [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is underused and has a lovely meaning. That it is less popular would be the only reason she’ll get my vote, but you can’t go wrong.

Well, [name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is my name so I’m a little biased. What’s funny is that my sister is called [name_f]Safia[/name_f] and it’s pronounced a whole lot like [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] so you are picking between me and my sister’s name, technically. But we seriously do not need another [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]. If you are going to go with that, go with [name_f]Safia[/name_f], something more rare.

[name_u]Love[/name_u] them both.

I know [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] is more common, but I have only met one. Admittedly, I know mostly adults and high school students.

[name_f]Nadia[/name_f] is an energetic and appealing name too.

I like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] as nn for [name_f]Sofia[/name_f], not sure of any for [name_f]Nadia[/name_f].

I also love [name_f]Sonja[/name_f]/[name_f]Sonia[/name_f].