Sofia

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

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsəʊfi.ə/, /sɒˈfiːə/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊfiə

Etymology 1[edit]

From Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófija, Sophie, Sophia), named after the Church of St. Sofia.

Proper noun[edit]

Sofia

  1. The capital city of Bulgaria.
Derived terms[edit]
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

A less common spelling, borrowed from continental Europe, of the given name Sophia.

Proper noun[edit]

Sofia

  1. A female given name from Ancient Greek
  2. A river, and surrounding region of Madagascar

Afrikaans[edit]

Afrikaans Wikipedia has an article on:
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Proper noun[edit]

Sofia

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

Derived terms[edit]

Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

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]

Proper noun[edit]

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

Related terms[edit]

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.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Sofia f

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

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

  1. a female given name, a less common variant of Sophia
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófija).

Proper noun[edit]

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

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)
Declension[edit]

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)

Anagrams[edit]

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Proper noun[edit]

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

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Proper noun[edit]

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

Polish[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Bulgarian Со́фия (Sófija).

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Sofia f

  1. Sofia (the capital city of Bulgaria)

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

adjective
nouns

Further reading[edit]

  • Sofia in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

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]

Proper noun[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Sofia c (genitive Sofias)

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

Related terms[edit]

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.