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Subject: Re: so-FY-a - what is the origin and spelling of this name?
Author: Elea   (Authenticated as Elea)
Date: March 23, 2007 at 7:28:32 AM
Reply to: so-FY-a - what is the origin and spelling of this name? by Auriel
So-FY-a was the standard pronunciation of Sophia in England before the 19th century. After this time a latin influence (i.e. Spanish, Italian etc) led to it being pronounced so-FEE-a. The same goes for Maria (which was originally ma-RY-a).
I'm guessing the case was similar in Germany.

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