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Subject: Sophia & Sunniva
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: October 26, 2007 at 10:02:38 AM
Reply to: Re: Pronunciation of -iva (derived from Old English gifu) names by Camilla
Yes, Sophia was often pronounced "so-FYE-uh" before the 19th century.

As for the emphasis on Sunniva: since in modern times this really is a Scandinavian name, I think we'd have to consult an expert on Scandinavian languages to know what the custom about that is there. Perhaps it's different in the different Scandinavian countries?

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