The names of Sofia have recently become popular in Russia and Western Europe. But the name Sophia is common only in our country. This option is considered to be "Russian". In fact, like most Russian names, it came from Greece.
Different or the same?
No one has yet managed to draw final conclusions on this issue. Sophia, Sophia and Sonya - are they individual names or are they just different forms of one word? It is considered to be a personal matter of parents, what name to call their child, and whether they will allow other variants of his pronunciation. More often than not, relatives and friends do not see much of a difference and do not pay too much attention to what is written in the official document. Moreover, the name Sonya is often used as a diminutive form of both names. In addition, girls are often called Sonechka, Sofyushka, Sofiyka, Sofushka.
The Wikipedia article says Sophia is a word of Greek origin and translates to "wisdom, skill." It came to Russia simultaneously with the adoption of Christianity. The Orthodox greatly revered the saints Faith, Hope, Love and their mother Sophia. This name is found in translations of church books and according to the canons, the form of Sophia was fixed in the Catholic religion, the Sophia version is considered exclusively Russian. Both variants have the same root, which means they have a common etymology.
In the XIV, the Grand Duke of Moscow took Sophia, a native of Lithuania, as his wife, after which the name was firmly entrenched among the royal people of Rurikovich. It was inherited by the Romanovs, and Princess Sophia Alekseevna even ruled the state at one time and was in conflict with Peter I. In later centuries, the name spread in noble families and was rarely found among the peasants. The fascination of Russian noblewomen with French art led to the fact that the name received the sound of its French counterpart - Sophie. In Soviet times, the name became quite popular, its frequency in birth documents ranged from 3 to 4 percent. The peak of popularity came in the early 2000s. In Alma-Ata and Khabarovsk, it took the fifth line in the ranking of female names, in the Russian capital and the region - the ninth.
In culture and religion
The name has become popular not only among the Slavs. The British and the people of Ireland liked it. In 2010, every second Ukrainian family named their daughters that way. In the world, the name Sofia occupies the third line in the list of popularity. This is the most common name in Bulgaria, the capital of this state bears the same name.
The name was extremely common among the royal people of European states. At different times in history, Sofia was at the head of state: the Queen of Prussia, Greece, Norway, Sweden, the Duchess of Bavaria and the Princess of Alden.
The canonical church has at least a dozen saints with the name Sophia, it is the version of writing with a soft sign that Orthodoxy considers to be true. Sophia's birthday is celebrated on September 30 in honor of the mother and martyr. In addition to this date, the Orthodox Church celebrates Angel's Day several times a year: in February, April, June, October and December 31. Catholics named Sofia were given two days - in May and October.
In Russian literature, the most famous characters who have the name are Sonechka Marmeladova from the novel "Crime and Punishment", Sofya Pavlovna from "Woe from Wit", she is found in the play by Fonvizin and the novel by Tolstoy. Sonya - the Golden Hand has become a legend of the criminal world, and the famous aunt Sonya from Odessa is the heroine of numerous anecdotes. By the way, translated from Hebrew, Sofa means "eternally young", from Arabic - "smart", and from Hindi - "golden". The names sound different, but the origin is common.
Women with the names Sophia and Sophia are incredibly sensitive and responsive, they have a kind heart. They are insightful and serious personalities, and their wisdom is based on intuition and observation, and not book knowledge. In communication, they are quite pleasant, modest and in no hurry to show their true feelings. Sophias have compassion, patience, and a willingness to help. At the same time, they are well versed in people, they have no enemies. Sophia is distinguished by the desire to lead, she needs to gain the respect of her colleagues. No one realizes that her appearance hides a delicate and vulnerable nature. Often the owner of a name is a lonely person who is used to hiding his feelings from others. In their personal lives, not everything goes smoothly, there are fatalists, and those who live to a ripe old age leave a deep imprint on the memory of others. The characteristics of the two names have much in common, but there is an opinion that the owner of a form in which there is a soft sign is more selfish and does not allow criticism. She will always find those responsible for her failures and find excuses for her own mistakes.
As a child, Sofia is an easygoing child and believes in fairy tales. She has no problems with her studies, her parents will not notice how she passes adolescence. But the care of close people, she needs like air, the warmest relations connect her with grandparents. Bathing in the rays of maternal love will make her a confident and strong woman. Despite the fact that Sonya always looks great, she does not differ in strong health. In family life, she is delicate, tries to avoid noisy quarrels and is ready to sacrifice for the sake of a loved one. She cannot be called an ideal housewife, she does not differ in particular enthusiasm in housekeeping. Sofia is economical and uses the family budget very rationally. For her, the husband is a partner, while everyone has a place for personal space. As a mother, she trusts children and does not seek to impose her own opinion.
The names Sophia and Sophia have a lot in common, even their talisman stones and heavenly patrons are the same. Girls with this name are recommended jewelry with opal and lapis lazuli, and clothes in blue and green shades. They are patronized by the planet Saturn, majestic and mysterious, as well as the zodiac sign Libra - airy and sophisticated.
Famous owners of the name
Among the famous owners of this name there are representatives of a wide variety of professional directions. Countess Rostopchina wrote literature for children, Bardina and Perovskaya are known as Russian revolutionaries of the late 19th century, Kovalevskaya is a great mathematician and academician. Giatsintova, Pilyavskaya, Golovkina and Preobrazhenskaya devoted their lives to creativity, played in the theater and performed roles in films. The pop career of the Georgian actress Sofiko Chiaurelli and the Italian Sophia Loren became incredibly successful. Russian sport was made famous by gymnast Muratova and fencing champion Velikaya. The Ukrainian singer Sofia Rotaru enjoys nationwide love, perhaps the success was in the name she received at birth.
In official docs
Before choosing a name for their daughter, parents should make an informed decision and be aware of the possible consequences. After all, a spelling mistake with or without a soft sign entails confusion with papers and government organizations. Only the complete coincidence of the name in all official documents, be it a passport, diploma or driver's license, gives a guarantee that you do not have to confirm your identity and even go to court for this. The basic document in such cases is always a birth certificate.
It is worth mentioning separately about the frequent discrepancies that employees of institutions make when drawing up various documents. In these cases, it is necessary to strictly adhere to the spelling rules in terms of case declension. Most often, the declension of a name occurs in the dative case, since official documents issued after graduation from an educational institution or in part of additional education record the surname and name of its owner. For example, a diploma was issued to Sophia or Sophia, here it is important to write correctly and not be mistaken.
The mystery of the name
Each name has a secret meaning. Sophia and Sophia have it. The fashion for sonorous, old names does not cease to exist. Parents who are awaiting replenishment in their families should approach the choice with all responsibility and not make mistakes. After all, any changes in the pronunciation of a name are similar to replacing numbers in a numerical code, and in a special way affect the energy of its owner. Therefore, her future fate will depend on what name the girl will write in the birth document. And everyone certainly wants to see their child successful, talented and happy.