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National Sophie Day – July 4, 2023

National Sophie Day is celebrated on July 4 every year. The name itself is conventionally feminine. It is a French variant of the name ‘Sophia.’ The latter is of Greek origin meaning ‘wisdom.’ The first recorded usage of the name and its variants was at the beginning of the fourth century. Since then, there have been many iconic characters and famous personalities named Sophie. A few include Sofie Fatale from Quentin Tarintino’s “Kill Bill” and Sophie Hatter, the protagonist of the bestselling book, turned animated film “Howl’s Moving Castle.” National Sophie Day appreciates all the wonderful individuals with this stunning name.

History of National Sophie Day

The name Sophie is of Greek origin. The name ‘Sophia’ means ‘knowledge’ and has a French equivalent, and its variations were first used in writing from the beginning of the fourth century. Since then, Sophie has been the name of many well-known figures and iconic characters. Some examples include Sophie Hatter, the lead character in the best-selling book turned animated feature “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and Sofie Fatale from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill.”

The Greek language is native to Greece, Cyprus, Albania, the Balkans, Asia Minor, and the Eastern part of the Mediterranean. It is the language with the most extended documented history among all Indo-European languages, with over 3,400 years of written records. It first emerged in the Balkan peninsula around the third millennium B.C. The earliest piece of written evidence of Greek is a clay tablet found in Messenia between 1450 and 1350 B.C. The language is divided into six periods, i.e., Proto-Greek, Mycenaean Greek, Ancient Greek, Koine Greek, Medieval Greek, and Modern Greek. Proto-Greek is an unrecorded assumed ancestor of all variations of the Greek language. The Mycenaeans’ civilization spoke Mycenaean Greek, the first documented form of the Greek language, followed by Ancient Greek, which was the language of the Archaic and Classical periods of ancient Greece.

The language era continued to be in use till the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The following period of Koine Greek can be first traced back to the annexation of territories by Alexander the Great. It eventually became the second language in the Roman Empire and is sometimes referred to as New Testament Greek or Biblical Greek. Medieval Greek was the continuation of Koine Greek that entailed variations of spoken Koine that rapidly developed similarities to what became Modern Greek. Modern or Neo-Hellenic Greek emerged in the 11th century during the Byzantine period.

National Sophie Day timeline

1450 to 1350 B.C.
First Record of Greek

The earliest piece of evidence of Greek is written in Linear B.

313 A.D.
Spread of Christianity

Christianity begins to spread across Europe.

1986
“Howl's Moving Castle”

Diana Wynne Jones' "Howl's Moving Castle" is published.

2004
The Film

Studio Ghibli adapts "Howl's Moving Castle" into a film of the same name.

National Sophie Day FAQs

Is Sophie a pretty name?

Sophie has been voted the most attractive girl’s name in the U.K.

Is Sophie a classic name?

Since parents have been naming their children for generations, it is considered a classic.

Is Sophie a royal name?

Many individuals born into royalty have been named Sophie.

National Sophie Day Activities

  1. Appreciate a Sophie

    If you have an amazing Sophie in your life, appreciate them. You can pamper them with gifts and flowers.

  2. Read about the etymology of Sophie

    Your name is bound to be interesting, so look up the origin of your name. Understand the history and share the interesting facts with your friends and family. You can ask your parents why they named you Sophie.

  3. Watch "Howl's Moving Castle"

    Immerse yourself in Studio Ghibli magic and watch "Howl's Moving Castle." Sophie Hatter is the main character of the movie

5 Interesting Facts About Studio Ghibli

  1. Japanese Animation

    Studio Ghibli is an iconic Japanese Animation studio.

  2. Etymology

    The Saharan desert summer wind is referred to as "Ghibli" in Italian.

  3. No cuts

    When distributing their films in foreign markets, the studio has a strict policy against cutting any content.

  4. My Neighbor Worm

    A newly discovered worm species was named after the character Totoro from "My Neighbor Totoro."

  5. Bombing raid survivors

    Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, and Isao Takahata, co-founders, survived WWII bombing raids as children.

Why We Love National Sophie Day

  1. It's great to know where the name came from

    Sophie is a beautiful name. Finding out where it comes from adds to its charm. Sophia has long been viewed as the personification of reason and knowledge in both the Bible and Greek mythology.

  2. It is a reminder of how languages interact

    Sophie is the French variant of a Greek name. The development of names often chronicles how languages interact and blend.

  3. We like our Sophies

    We love the Sophies in our life! Any excuse to show them some love is welcome.

National Sophie Day dates

YearDateDay
2023July 4Tuesday
2024July 4Thursday
2025July 4Friday
2026July 4Saturday
2027July 4Sunday

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