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(32 Posts)
Mausageandsash Sun 28-Aug-16 17:32:19

People pronounce it in different ways usually Saf-eye-ah/Saf-ee-ah but how would you spell it? Thanks!

Ninjapie Sun 28-Aug-16 17:33:23


MrsHulk Sun 28-Aug-16 17:34:28


Sirzy Sun 28-Aug-16 17:35:30


Mausageandsash Sun 28-Aug-16 17:36:28

Also sorry forgot to add how do you pronounce it?

MrsGsnow18 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:48:18

I'm not really sure what name you mean, from the pronouncation on your first post though I would have presumed spelling was either

what name are you asking of the pronunciation of?

Mausageandsash Sun 28-Aug-16 17:50:05

I'm asking how you'd pronounce safia/safiah etc because some people might say say an eee sound and others an eye sound

UmbongoUnchained Sun 28-Aug-16 17:50:28

Do you mean sapphire?

unicornthong Sun 28-Aug-16 18:13:39

Safia. I had a friend with this name, pronounced Saff-ee-ah.

HerdsOfWilderbeest Sun 28-Aug-16 18:15:14

Do you mean Sophia

manicinsomniac Sun 28-Aug-16 19:20:05

I would say Saf-eye-ah is Sapphire and Saf-ee-ah is either Safiya or Sophia

Motherfuckers Sun 28-Aug-16 19:27:17

Safiyya (sa-fee-ya)

RedDogsBeg Sun 28-Aug-16 19:31:48


Eolian Sun 28-Aug-16 19:31:56

Hard to tell which name you mean. Sophia and Sapphire are obviously two different names (pronounced Suh-FEE-a and SAF-eye-a). I've never heard of safiya or safiyya.

MrsGsnow18 Sun 28-Aug-16 20:09:50

I get you know OP! ( it makes sense)
Out of the two you suggested I would pronounce ee not eye.
So I would pronounce safia as saf--ee-ah.

I'm confused by people suggesting sapphire. Is it not pronounced like the gemstone? To rhyme with fire?

manicinsomniac Sun 28-Aug-16 20:17:17

Saf- eye- ah would rhyme with fire wouldn't it?

user1471501988 Sun 28-Aug-16 22:08:30


aisatsana Sun 28-Aug-16 22:24:37

Safia is saf-ee-a, no eye sound

aisatsana Sun 28-Aug-16 22:26:30

Emphasis on the first syllable too. So SAF-eeah. I've know 3 or 4 and it's always been pronounced that way.

Coconutty Sun 28-Aug-16 22:26:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 30-Aug-16 13:11:33

The Germanic pronunciation of Sophia is essentially Sapphire.

It was more common in Britain than so-fee-uh until relatively recently.

Which is why Sophia Gardens in Cardiff is pronounced Sapphire Gardens.

SteviebunsBottrittrundle Tue 30-Aug-16 13:14:36

Safia would make me think of Sofia (the non-English variant of Sophia) so I would say Sah-fee-ah. Sapphire, I would pronounce Sah-fire (I pronounce my 'r' sounds quite clearly as I have an Irish accent).

BendydickCuminsnatch Tue 30-Aug-16 13:18:54

I know of a Saffia, love it! SA-fia, to rhyme with 'ear' but a soft/subtle 'R'.

Fayaa Tue 30-Aug-16 14:31:50

For saf-eye-ah, I would have Sapphire.

For saf-ee-ah, I would spell it Safiya or Safia, potentially Saphia (effectively, in the same way the same Sophia varies).

pollyblack Tue 30-Aug-16 14:35:43

You don't pronounce Sapphire ending in a A sound, it ends with an R sound.

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