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Sofia/Sophia how to pronounce?!

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Wifeandstepmum Tue 31-Oct-17 08:48:08

I had a lovely great grandmother from Eastern Europe who was called Sophia pronounced So-fia-ya rather than So-fee-ya.

I love the spelling Sophia and the name but I'm not sure how it would normally be pronounced. How do you pronounce it? Is there a third way?

treaclesoda Tue 31-Oct-17 08:52:27

I would automatically say Sopheeeya.

Which is utterly weird because the only person I have ever known who had this name was called Soph-eye-a. confused

thepatchworkcat Tue 31-Oct-17 08:53:21

I would say So-fee-ya

Wifeandstepmum Tue 31-Oct-17 08:56:19

Oh interesting thank you.

Appuskidu Tue 31-Oct-17 08:57:24

So-fia-ya?! With 4 syllables?
I have never heard it pronounced like that before.

I would say Sew fee a.

SoMuchToBits Tue 31-Oct-17 09:02:30

I would say Soh fee ya (with the accent on the middle syllable), but my sister who has visited Sofia in Bulgaria says that they pronounce it Soff ee ya with the accent on the first syllable, so you could use that.

But I think most people seeing it written would say Soh fee ya.

Chaffinch4 Tue 31-Oct-17 09:19:53

Either soph-eye-ah or soph-eee-ah. Stress on the middle syllable.

sinceyouask Tue 31-Oct-17 09:32:51

DH prounounces it more Zoff-ya. I say SoffEEuh. It would have been ds3's name if he'd been a dd. Beautiful name.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Tue 31-Oct-17 09:37:55

When I was a child (now 42) I only ever heard this pronounced So-f-eye-a, but every young Sophia/Sofia I meet nowadays is So-fee-a.

I'm not sure either is wrong or right TBH.

celticmissey Tue 31-Oct-17 09:41:05

My daughter is Sophia - pronounced Sopheeeaa - but all her friends call her Soph and despite myself and her dad saying we wouldn't we call her Soph as well (unless she's naughty of course!!). The same applies with the name Mia - I know some children who pronounce it Meeeeaaa and some who pronounce it Myyyaa.

celticmissey Tue 31-Oct-17 09:41:45

Sorry... missed the bit out where we do call her Soph.

Wifeandstepmum Tue 31-Oct-17 09:42:16

I've just realised (doh) that I also have a cousin with a variation on this name Sar-fee-a she's Algerian.
So many variations

BernardBlacksHangover Tue 31-Oct-17 10:23:17

I'd usually pronounce it So-fee-ya, but Soph-eye-ya makes sense too.

DiegoMadonna Tue 31-Oct-17 10:53:38

In England the usual pronunciation is So-FEE-uh

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