24 July, 2008

BOM Challenge 2

This is my second page for my BOM album that Tracy is running over at her blog...still time for you to join in.

What does my name mean?

Gender: Feminine

Usage: English, Greek, German, Ancient Greek

Means "wisdom" in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical, saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. Legends about her probably arose as a result of a medieval misunderstanding of the phrase Hagia Sophia "Holy Wisdom", which was the name of a large basilica in Constantinople.

This name was common among continental European royalty during the Middle Ages, and it was popularized in Britain by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century. It was the name of characters in the novels 'Tom Jones' (1749) by Henry Fielding and 'The Vicar of Wakefield' (1766) by Oliver Goldsmith.

As to why my parents chose it for me...it is a simple one, nothing too fancy or meaningful here. My mom liked the actress Sophia Loren at the time, so between them both they decided to name me after her. My Mom wanted to spell it Sophie in French, but as they were living in an English country she thought they would call me Sophia and would not be able to pronounce it the French way.


  1. Now, I have never known that you were so famous, moving around in Sophia Loren's circles! Love your page. Beautiful soft pastel colours, very calming on the viewer.


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