In the U.K., classic choices such as Olivia, Amelia, and Charlotte rule the baby name charts, but it’s a different story worldwide. According to babynamewizard.com, Sofia (and all its other variants) is the most popular name globally, with it topping the list of popular girls names in eight countries.
The site’s founder, Laura Wattenberg, assessed data from 48 countries and found that Sofia is currently the most popular name for a baby girl in Mexico, Russia, Chile, Estonia, Slovakia, Argentina, Italy, and Switzerland. Plus, it comes in second or third place in a further 20 regions. It seems it is a name that truly transcends cultures.
"It just blew me away that so many different languages and cultures would arrive at the same sound at the same time. I guess that really says something about the way culture is transmitted today," Wattenberg told Live Science.
Sofia, derived from the Greek word meaning "wisdom," could have grown in popularity thanks to famous Sofia’s such as Sofia Vergara, Lionel's daughter, Sofia Ritchie, and director Sofia Coppola.
In the U.K., Sofia (or Sophia) is not so popular as it is around the world. According to the most recent data obtained from the Office of National Statistics, it is the 12th most popular moniker for parents to choose for a girl.
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