Fun Facts About Names Day!

Today on March 6th we celebrate another weird holiday, Fun Facts About Names Day!

Fun Facts About Names Day encourages you to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind your name and the names of your friends and families. Uncover historical and religious influences, who you were named after, and see how name trends have changed over generations!

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I was curious about the meaning of my name, so I did some research on the name Sofie. So here are 25 fun facts about my name:

1) Sofie or Sophie is a girls name.

2) The name is derived from Sophia. This name comes from the Greek word sophia (σοφια), which means "wisdom" or "life wisdom".

3) In Flanders (Belgium), this is a very popular name and it's sometimes abbreviated to Fie, Fietje, Fieke, Sofietje, Sofieke, Sofia, Fifi, Fientje, ... .

4) SOFIE® (Sediment Or Fauna Incubation Experiment) is an experimental research tool or "cell" which is developed to study chemical speciation of heavy metals in pore water of natural, undisturbed soils, sediments or water-sediment interfaces over time.

5) SOFIA is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a reflecting telescope with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters (100 inches). The aircraft is based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. The SOFIA Program Office is at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which manages SOFIA's science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA; Columbia, Md.) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI; University of Stuttgart).

6) People always ask if Sofie is written f or ph.

7) Sofia (София) is the capital of Bulgaria. It is also the biggest city in the country with about 1.4 million citizens (including suburbs).

8) Sofia is a region in northern Madagascar. It is named after the Sofia River. The region covers 50,100 km² and had a population of 1,247,037 in 2013. The administrative capital is Antsohihy.

9) Sophia is a town in Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was incorporated in 1912. The population was 1,344 at the 2010 census. Sophia was the hometown of the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd.

10) Sophia is a British indie rock band consisting of Robin Proper-Sheppard, former member of The God Machine, and the Sophia collective, a group of musicians who collaborate with Sophia. "Oh My Love" from People are like Seasons became an indie hit in several countries.

11) Sophia Children's Hospital is a former independent hospital in Rotterdam (Netherlands). The Children's Hospital, named after Queen Sophia, the oldest pediatric hospital in the Netherlands. It originated in 1863 at the High Street, on the site of the present Beurstraverse. The two sick halls with room for 8 people where located on the first floor above a furniture store.

12) Hagia Sophia (/ˈhɑːɡiə soʊˈfiːə/; from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, [aˈʝia soˈfia], "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its construction in 537 AD, and until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarch of Constantinople,  except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire. The building was later converted into an Ottoman mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture".[4] It remained the world's largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

13) Johnny Lion (John van Leeuwarden) made a song called Sophietje in 1965.

14) 251 Sophia is a main belt asteroid of the average diameter of about 28.42 km. Discovered on October 4th 1885 by Johann Palisa, it has an orbit characterized by a semi-major axis equal to 3.0922266 AU and an eccentricity of 0.1054112, 10.52642 ° inclined to the ecliptic. It's name is dedicated to Stoeltzel Sophia, wife of astronomer Hugo von Seeliger.

15) Sofia is a genus of beetles in the family click beetles (Elateridae). The genus was first scientifically described in 2005 by Arias. The genus includes the following species: Sofia sulcatum (Solier, 1851).

16) Sophia is a genus of flies (Brachycera) from the family of the tachinids (Tachinidae). The scientific name of the genus was first published in 1830 by valid Robineau-Desvoidy.

17) Sophia of Rome (died ca. 304) is a holy martyr of the Roman Catholic Church. Her name day falls on May 15. Sophia of Rome is sometimes named as Ice Saint. In 304 she was a victim of the persecution of Christians by Emperor Diocletian. Pope Sergius II transferred a part of her relics in 845 to the altar of his burden restored San Martino ai Monti in Rome. Another part of the relics was transferred by Remigius of Strasbourg to the Abbey of Eschau. Sophia is the patron saint against frost and for that reason also called cold Sophie. In southern Germany her name day is the day to plant garden plants and to fill the plantboxes on the balconies. Sophia is often depicted with her three daughters Faith, Hope and Love. Attributes which she is illustrated with are the palm (symbol of martyrdom), the sword (which she was killed with), or a book. Sophia is also venerated in the Eastern Churches, where a large number of icons of her in circulate.

18) Descurainia sophia is a member of the mustard family. Common names include flixweed, herb-Sophia and tansy mustard. This annual plant reproduces by seeds. Its stem is erect, branched, and 4 to 30 inches high. It was once given to patients suffering from dysentery and called by ancient herbalists Sophia Chirurgorum, "The Wisdom of Surgeons," on account of its healing properties. It is the type species of the genus Descurainia and of the rejected genus Sophia Adans. In German, it is called the Sophienkraut and associated with Saint Sophia of Rome, who was invoked against late frosts.

19) Saint Sophia the Martyr (died AD 137) is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church on September 17. Born in Italy, Sophia had three daughters: Faith, Hope and Charity, who were named after virtues mentioned by Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. The daughters are said to have been martyred during the reign of Hadrian (117–138). The guards took Sophia's daughters one by one, from the oldest to the youngest and beat and tortured them to death in an attempt to force their mother, Sophia, to renounce her faith in Christ. Afterwards, Sophia buried her daughters' bodies and remained by their graves for three days until she died herself. According to tradition, in 778 part of their relics was transferred to the women's convent at Eschau in Alsace.

Troparion of St. Sophia and her 3 daughters (Tone 5): Thou didst blossom in the courts of the Lord as a fruitful olive tree, O holy Martyr Sophia; in thy contest thou didst offer to Christ the sweet fruit of thy womb, Charity, Hope and Faith. With them intercede for us all.

20) Aelia Sophia (c. 530 – c./aft. 601) was the Empress consort of Justin II of the Byzantine Empire from 565 to 578. She was specifically interested in economic matters and was involved in financial matters during Justin's reign. During his bouts of insanity, she acted as regent.

21) Queen Sofía of Spain (/sɒˈfiːə/, Spanish: [soˈfi.a]; Greek: Σοφία [soˈfi.a]; formerly Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark, born 2 November 1938) is the wife of King Juan Carlos I. Born a Greek and Danish princess, she became Queen consort of Spain upon her husband's accession in 1975. On 19 June 2014, Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of their son, Felipe VI.

22) Sophia Frederika Mathilda, Princess of Wurtemberg, born Sophie Frederike Mathilde von Wurtemberg (Stuttgart, June 17, 1818 - Wassenaar, June 3, 1877) was the first wife of King William III and from March 17, 1849 until her death, she was Queen of the Netherlands and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. Her nickname was Sophie. As a queen she was known as Sophia.

23) Sofia Province (Bulgarian: Софийска област, Sofiyska oblast) is a province (oblast) of Bulgaria. The province does not include Sofia in its territories, but Sofia remains its administrative center. The province borders on the provinces of Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Lovech, Vratsa, Montana and "Sofia-Capital" (which is in a separate oblast, see Sofia Administration), to the northwest there is border with Serbia.

24) Sofie is a character from Samson and Gert (a Belgian kids show) and is played by Evi Hanssen. She rarely appeared in season 5 and 6 of the series and once more in season 7. Sofie is the niece of the Mayor and visites him occasionally. She is a school-aged teen who loves jokes, tough guys and music. In that respect, she has quite a few similarities with Miranda De Bolle, a character from the beginning of the series. Sofie always calls the mayor Nonkeltje. Samson calls her koffie.

25) Linguistic Variants of the name Sofie are:
  • Albanian: Sofijë, Sofija 
  • German: Sophie, Sophia 
  • English: Sophie, Sophia, Sofia 
  • Bulgarian: София (Sofija) 
  • Chinese: 索菲 (Suǒ fěi) 
  • Croatian: Sofija 
  • Danish: Sophia 
  • Spanish: Sofía 
  • Finnish: Sofia 
  • Greek: Σοφία (Sophía)
  • Hungarian: Zsófia 
  • Icelandic: Soffía 
  • Italian: Sofia 
  • Dutch: Sophie, Sofie 
  • Norwegian: Sofie 
  • Poitevin: Sofise3 
  • Polish: Zofia 
  • Portuguese: Sofia 
  • Romanian: Sofia 
  • Russian: София (Sofija), Софья (Sofja) 
  • Serbian: Sofija in Serbian Latin alphabet and Софија in Serbian Cyrillic 
  • Slovak: Žofia 
  • Slovenian: Sofija 
  • Swedish: Sofia
  • Czech: Žofi