See also: -sofia, SOFIA, Sofía, Sófia, Sófía, and sofia

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Etymology 1 edit

Variant spelling of Sophia and from various other languages' own adaptions of Ancient Greek Σοφία (Sophía, wisdom, especially divine wisdom). Sometimes borrowed into English as an anglicization of an accented or closely related form, as with Spanish Sofía, Welsh Soffia, and Hungarian Zsófia.

As the capital of Bulgaria, via nonstandard romanization of Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófiya), from църкваСвета София“ (cǎrkva "Sveta Sofija"), from Byzantine Greek Ναός Ἁγίας Σοφίας (Naós Hagías Sophías, “Church of Holy Wisdom”), the city's prominent 6th-century Byzantine Greek church, first attested being used as the name for the city in the 14th century and reinforced under Ottoman rule as Ottoman Turkishصوفيه(Sofya).

Proper noun edit

Sofia

  1. Alternative spelling of Sophia, a female given name.
  2. The capital city of Bulgaria.
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  • (Bulgarian capital): Sofya (historical)
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Etymology 2 edit

From Malagasy Sofia of uncertain origin. The region is named for the river.

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Sofia

  1. A river in northwestern Madagascar
  2. A region of Madagascar around the river.

References edit

  • James Sibree Jr., "Malagasy Place-Names", Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, New Ser., Vol. XV, No. 3 (July 1883), p. 193.

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Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

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Sofia f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Sophia
  2. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

Danish edit

Proper noun edit

Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)
  2. a female given name, variant of Sofie, equivalent to English Sophia

Estonian edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsofiɑ̯/, [ˈsofˑiɑ̯]

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Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

Finnish edit

Etymology edit

Ultimately from Ancient Greek σοφία (sophía). The sense "Sofia (Bulgaria)" is through Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófija).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈsofiɑ/, [ˈs̠o̞fiɑ̝]
  • Rhymes: -ofiɑ
  • Syllabification(key): So‧fi‧a

Proper noun edit

Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)
  2. a female given name, equivalent to English Sophia
    • 1959, Väinö Linna, Täällä Pohjantähden alla 1, WSOY, published 1965, page 181:
      Kehdossa makasi juuri äskettäin pappilassa kasteella ollut tyttö, jonka nimenkin rouva muisti: Elma. Se oli hänen antamansa nimi. Vanhemmat olivat tahtoneet Sofiaa, mutta rouva oli saanut kuin saanutkin tytölle suomalaisperäisen nimen. Tosin vain siksi ettei Anttoo pitänyt asiaa millään tavoin tärkeänä.
      There was a girl just christened still lying out in the cradle, and the old lady hadn't forgotten her name: Elma, the name she had picked. The parents would've liked a Sofia, but in the end a Finnish name was picked, although just because Anttoo didn't think the matter was of any importance.
    • 1990, Riitta Vartti, Sun lapsuutes, Gummerus, →ISBN, page 407:
      —Äiti, minkäs takia mummun nimi on Adalmina ja Sohvi-tätin nimi on Sofia, vaikkei ne oo mitää ruotsinkielisiä?
      —No, ohan meiän vanha sukunimiki S-t-rantperk, vaikkei sitä osaa kukaa ees lausuu oikei. Ennen vanhaa ihmisille pantii sellasia nimiä. Meiän setähä se suomens nimesä ja se on Rantakallio nytte.
      —Mom, why is grandma named Adalmina and auntie Sohvi named Sofia, even though they don't speak Swedish?
      —Well, our old surname's S-t-rantperk too, but nobody can even pronounce that right. People used to give names like that back then. Our uncle got his translated into Finnish and is now a Rantakallio.

Declension edit

Inflection of Sofia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative Sofia Sofiat
genitive Sofian Sofioiden
Sofioitten
partitive Sofiaa Sofioita
illative Sofiaan Sofioihin
singular plural
nominative Sofia Sofiat
accusative nom. Sofia Sofiat
gen. Sofian
genitive Sofian Sofioiden
Sofioitten
Sofiainrare
partitive Sofiaa Sofioita
inessive Sofiassa Sofioissa
elative Sofiasta Sofioista
illative Sofiaan Sofioihin
adessive Sofialla Sofioilla
ablative Sofialta Sofioilta
allative Sofialle Sofioille
essive Sofiana Sofioina
translative Sofiaksi Sofioiksi
abessive Sofiatta Sofioitta
instructive Sofioin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of Sofia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Sofiani Sofiani
accusative nom. Sofiani Sofiani
gen. Sofiani
genitive Sofiani Sofioideni
Sofioitteni
Sofiainirare
partitive Sofiaani Sofioitani
inessive Sofiassani Sofioissani
elative Sofiastani Sofioistani
illative Sofiaani Sofioihini
adessive Sofiallani Sofioillani
ablative Sofialtani Sofioiltani
allative Sofialleni Sofioilleni
essive Sofianani Sofioinani
translative Sofiakseni Sofioikseni
abessive Sofiattani Sofioittani
instructive
comitative Sofioineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Sofiasi Sofiasi
accusative nom. Sofiasi Sofiasi
gen. Sofiasi
genitive Sofiasi Sofioidesi
Sofioittesi
Sofiaisirare
partitive Sofiaasi Sofioitasi
inessive Sofiassasi Sofioissasi
elative Sofiastasi Sofioistasi
illative Sofiaasi Sofioihisi
adessive Sofiallasi Sofioillasi
ablative Sofialtasi Sofioiltasi
allative Sofiallesi Sofioillesi
essive Sofianasi Sofioinasi
translative Sofiaksesi Sofioiksesi
abessive Sofiattasi Sofioittasi
instructive
comitative Sofioinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Sofiamme Sofiamme
accusative nom. Sofiamme Sofiamme
gen. Sofiamme
genitive Sofiamme Sofioidemme
Sofioittemme
Sofiaimmerare
partitive Sofiaamme Sofioitamme
inessive Sofiassamme Sofioissamme
elative Sofiastamme Sofioistamme
illative Sofiaamme Sofioihimme
adessive Sofiallamme Sofioillamme
ablative Sofialtamme Sofioiltamme
allative Sofiallemme Sofioillemme
essive Sofianamme Sofioinamme
translative Sofiaksemme Sofioiksemme
abessive Sofiattamme Sofioittamme
instructive
comitative Sofioinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Sofianne Sofianne
accusative nom. Sofianne Sofianne
gen. Sofianne
genitive Sofianne Sofioidenne
Sofioittenne
Sofiainnerare
partitive Sofiaanne Sofioitanne
inessive Sofiassanne Sofioissanne
elative Sofiastanne Sofioistanne
illative Sofiaanne Sofioihinne
adessive Sofiallanne Sofioillanne
ablative Sofialtanne Sofioiltanne
allative Sofiallenne Sofioillenne
essive Sofiananne Sofioinanne
translative Sofiaksenne Sofioiksenne
abessive Sofiattanne Sofioittanne
instructive
comitative Sofioinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative Sofiansa Sofiansa
accusative nom. Sofiansa Sofiansa
gen. Sofiansa
genitive Sofiansa Sofioidensa
Sofioittensa
Sofiainsarare
partitive Sofiaansa Sofioitaan
Sofioitansa
inessive Sofiassaan
Sofiassansa
Sofioissaan
Sofioissansa
elative Sofiastaan
Sofiastansa
Sofioistaan
Sofioistansa
illative Sofiaansa Sofioihinsa
adessive Sofiallaan
Sofiallansa
Sofioillaan
Sofioillansa
ablative Sofialtaan
Sofialtansa
Sofioiltaan
Sofioiltansa
allative Sofialleen
Sofiallensa
Sofioilleen
Sofioillensa
essive Sofianaan
Sofianansa
Sofioinaan
Sofioinansa
translative Sofiakseen
Sofiaksensa
Sofioikseen
Sofioiksensa
abessive Sofiattaan
Sofiattansa
Sofioittaan
Sofioittansa
instructive
comitative Sofioineen
Sofioinensa

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Statistics edit

  • Sofia is the 57th most common female given name in Finland, belonging to 11,893 female individuals (and as a middle name to 51,221 more, making it more common as a middle name), and also belongs to 6 male individuals (and as a middle name to 12 more, making it more common as a middle name), according to February 2023 data from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of Finland.

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Pronunciation edit

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Sofia f

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

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Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

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Sofia f (proper noun, genitive Sofias or Sofia, plural Sofias)

  1. a female given name, a less common variant of Sophia
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Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófija).

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Sofia n (proper noun, genitive Sofias or (optionally with an article) Sofia)

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)
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Italian edit

Etymology 1 edit

See Sophia.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /soˈfi.a/
  • Rhymes: -ia
  • Hyphenation: So‧fì‧a

Proper noun edit

Sofia f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Sophia

Etymology 2 edit

Borrowed from Bulgarian София (Sofija, Sophie, Sophia), named after the Church of St. Sofia.

Pronunciation edit

Proper noun edit

Sofia f

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

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Norwegian Bokmål edit

 
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Etymology 1 edit

From Bulgarian София (Sofija), renamed after the Church of St. Sofia in 1376.

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Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

Etymology 2 edit

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Sofia

  1. a female given name, variant of Sofie, equivalent to English Sophia

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Etymology 1 edit

From Bulgarian София (Sofija), renamed after the Church of St. Sofia in 1376.

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Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

Etymology 2 edit

Proper noun edit

Sofia

  1. a female given name, variant of Sofie, equivalent to English Sophia

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Etymology edit

Borrowed from Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófija).

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Sofia f

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

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adjective
nouns

Further reading edit

  • Sofia in Polish dictionaries at PWN

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Pronunciation edit

 

  • Hyphenation: So‧fi‧a

Proper noun edit

Sofia f (plural Sofias)

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Sophia

Slovak edit

Pronunciation edit

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Sofia f (genitive singular Sofie, declension pattern of ulica)

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

References edit

  • Sofia”, in Slovníkový portál Jazykovedného ústavu Ľ. Štúra SAV [Dictionary portal of the Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Science] (in Slovak), https://slovnik.juls.savba.sk, 2024

Swedish edit

Etymology edit

Ultimately of Ancient Greek origin. First recorded as a given name in Sweden in 1380 as Sophia.

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Sofia c (genitive Sofias)

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)
  2. a female given name, equivalent to English Sophia

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References edit

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, →ISBN
  • [1] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, →ISBN: 88 488 females with the given name Sofia living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with frequency peaks in the 19th century and in the 1990s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.