Research suggests that Sofia (and all variants of it, including Sophia) is the most popular baby name for girls worldwide.
Expert in the field, Laura Wattenberg, who compiled the information, discovered Sofia/Sophia came top of the female baby name lists in nine of the countries she analysed – including Italy, Russia and Mexico. It comes in second or third place in a further 20 regions.
In the USA, which has one of the largest populations in the world, 17,327 baby girls were named Sophia in 2015, with a further 9,650 being called Sofia. Together, they make the most popular name of choice.
In the UK data from the Office of National Statistics revealed it was only the 12th most popular moniker for parents to give their baby girls during 2015 (the most recent results we have).
“It just blew me away that so many different languages and cultures would arrive at the same sound at the same time,” Wattenberg told Live Science.
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