Thoughts on Sophie/ Sofie

DH has recently brought up [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] again. I like it, but I think it has its pros and cons.

-means “[name_u]Wisdom[/name_u]” (related to the word philosopher)
-it’s a [name_u]French[/name_u] name, and I do love [name_u]French[/name_u] names and words! Very pretty-sounding.
-it happens to be the first name of my high school [name_u]French[/name_u] teacher, whom I loved. (She was actually [name_u]French[/name_u])
-timeless and fits any age or personality, in my opinion

-[name_f]Sophie[/name_f]/ [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]/ [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] are SO popular!!! I don’t know if I could deal with this.
-the spelling reminds me of the word Soap
I prefer the “[name_f]Sofie[/name_f]” spelling
-I knew someone with this name who had the nicknames “[name_f]Soph[/name_f]” and “the [name_f]Soph[/name_f] Loaf,” which I really don’t like for some reason.


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I really love [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] and while I do agree about the popularity, I don’t think that’s a huge con. I like the [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] spelling too, but I think I prefer the [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] spelling (feels more [name_u]French[/name_u] imo). I also associate it with [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] from Mamma [name_f]Mia[/name_f] and I love that association. Overall, I think it’s a super cute name for either first or middle.

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Hmm, I like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], but I’m not passionate about it. To me, it seems graceful and pretty, but lacks the strength and fire of [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]. But, the name is perfectly nice and I imagine a [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] to be very sweet and well-mannered.

I do think nicknames are an issue though. The Sophies/Sofies I know are all nicknamed “[name_f]Soph[/name_f]” or “[name_f]Fifi[/name_f]”, which I personally don’t care for. But, [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] is the kind of name that doesn’t need a nickname. It can definitely hold it’s own.

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I prefer [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] by far for the F spelling. [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] has really grown on me though. :slight_smile:

This. I 100% ditto [name_f]Mina[/name_f].

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I know I’m kinda the minority here, but I’m not a fan.

If I see names like [name]Sophie[/name_f], my mind automatically jumps to [name]Sofia[/name_f] the First. And though it was a popular show that nearly everyone knew, it’s associated with some not-so-good memories for me.

But I really don’t hate it. I used to know two [name]Sofia[/name_f]'s when I was in elementary (I’m in middle school now), and they were both very nice girls with a bouncy, fun personality, one of them being one of my closest friends during the time.

I know [name]Sofia[/name_f] isn’t the same as [name]Sophie[/name_f], but they’re closely connected so I thought I’d share. I think [name]Sophie[/name_f] would make a great name for a bubbly little girl, and it’ll age well, too.

I really like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], much more than [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]/Sophia, and I think it’s popular for good reason. I think she’s sweet, kind and timeless with that little bit of international flair.

If your husband likes the [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] spelling, then that could be a good compromise, but keep in mind that the spelling won’t change how people hear it. (As in, it won’t help your dislike for the possible nn [name_f]Soph[/name_f])

I like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] is ok too I guess it might be easier to get Fi or fifi as a nn for [name_f]Sofie[/name_f], but personally I prefer the [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] spelling.

Sophia is mega popular and I’ve never been a fan of [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] for some reason, maybe because the o often ends up as an uh sound - Suh-fee-uh which doesn’t sound pleasant to me, but I’ve always liked [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] and I think the o in [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] is always an oe sound :slight_smile: it’s soft and sweet but with a strong meaning and it sounds pretty, I also think it’s wearable at any age.

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I do really like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] but if you don’t want a popular name, I’d probably avoid it

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I love [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]–it feels stylish and a bit sophisticated but still completely friendly, warm, and approachable. I definitely agree with you that it seems very versatile and could suit any age or personality. And the meaning is wonderful!

In terms of spelling, I think I like [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] and [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] about equally; usually when that’s the case I tend to favor the more popular spelling just for ease. But in this instance, it sounds like you really prefer [name_f]Sofie[/name_f], so I think you should go for that spelling if you do choose this name! I don’t think it will help with the nicknames, but (while [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] also doesn’t remind me of this word) [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] would definitely avoid any visual similarity to the word “soap.”

The popularity question is tough. I am a pretty firm believer that you shouldn’t give up a name you adore just because it’s popular–popular names get popular for a reason, and that just means a lot of people will love your child’s name too! On the other hand, I understand wanting something more unusual, and I honestly probably wouldn’t use a really popular name unless it was my very favorite. I guess I’m having trouble gauging whether that’s the case for you here?

What if you sit with [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] (this spelling) for a few days and see how you feel about it? Does letting yourself use your favorite spelling take you from liking this name to fully loving it? Then I think you should absolutely use it! It’s a wonderful name that deserves every bit of its popularity. But if you find yourself keep coming back to a list of criteria to remind you why you like it, rather than actually feeling it? Maybe this isn’t the one.

Good luck!!


I love [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], and you pretty much nailed all of the reasons why with your pros. I get that the popularity could be off-putting. But [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] really isn’t as common as [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] – at least, not where I live. And none of the Sophias/Sofias I know go by [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] as a nickname: they all go by [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] in full.

As for the other cons, use the [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] spelling! You may have to spell it a few times, but most people will catch on quickly. And I wouldn’t worry about ‘[name_f]Soph[/name_f] Loaf’. She might get ‘[name_f]Soph[/name_f]’ every now and then from friends, but it’s not like a nickname that will become her name.


It is cute, but yes, popular.

Would you like [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]? It has similar sounds and that french feel!

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i love [name_f]Sophie[/name_f]/Sofie, they feel very sophisticated and timeless. i too prefer [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] spelling. with the popularity, i don’t think its as much of an issue as [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]/Sofia- its more just familiar than very popular. its a nickname on its own, so it doesn’t need to be shortened either :blush:

Sofie is sweet and I love the sound but it does feel like the name of every other little girl.

I like the name. I prefer [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] over [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] and [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] over [name_f]Sofie[/name_f]. I’ve only met two So- and one was [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] and the other was [name_f]Sophie[/name_f].

I think [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] is a lovely name! It reminds me of a cute little [name_u]French[/name_u] girl!

I prefer [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] bc of the association of [name_m]Howl[/name_m]’s Moving Castle, so [name_f]Sophie[/name_f] gets my vote.

I Looooove this name! [name_f]Sofie[/name_f]/Sofia were on my girl short list. I have only met one [name_f]Sophia[/name_f] and shes just been born. I don’t think it’s too popular unless you personally know a bunch of them.

I know I’m in the minority in regards to the spelling of this name but I do have a soft spot for the [name_f]Sofie[/name_f] spelling!

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