The name Sophia is one of the most popular girl's names in the world, featuring in one form or another in the top girls baby names for 2010 and the top girls baby names for 2011 in eight western countries.
In 2011 it was at #1 in the USA and also at #19 with the spelling "Sofia". In Australia it was at #2 with spelling "Sophie". In Germany it was at #9 and in Denmark it was at #6 with the spelling "Sofie" and #10 with the spelling "Sofia".
In 2010 it was at #2 in the USA, and #8 in Spain. In the form "Sophie" it was at #1 in the Republic of Ireland and #2 in the UK. Spelt "Sofia" it was at #1 in Italy.
Sophia comes from the Greek word σοφία which means "wisdom". Spellings vary - along with Sophia, you also get Sophie, Sofia and Sofie.
Famous women called Sophia include Sophia Loren (left), the actress and director Sofia Coppola, and Queen Sofia of Spain.