Saint Sophia The Martyr
Saint Sophia (died 137 AD) is venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church on September 17. Born in Italy, Sophia had three daughters: Faith (age 12), Love (age 10) and Hope (age 9), who were named after virtues. They were martyred during the reign of Hadrian. The guards took Sophia's daughters one by one, from the eldest to the youngest and beat and tortured them to death. Sophia buried her daughters' bodies and remained by their graves for three days until she died herself.
Sofia The City
София is the capital of Bulgaria. The well-preserved town walls date back before the 7th century BC, when Thracians established their city around a mineral spring, which exists to the present day. Sofia has had several names in the different periods of its existence. There is a common misconception it's named after Saint Sophia the Martyr, and so the city's holiday is on September 17. The current name Sofia was first used in the 14th-century referring to the famous Holy Sophia Church and, in fact, named after the Christian concept of the Holy Wisdom.
Sophia The Girl
After exploring the world in her first days of life without a name, the little girl was finally chosen to carry the weight of the name Sophia - after the goddess Sophia to be a source of wisdom, after the city Sofia to relate to her family's origins, and after the martyr Sophia to honor Eastern Orthodox traditions. Just like the name she represents, she has been growing righteous, wise, loving, knowledgeable, creative, protective, giving, and truthful. On September 17, we celebrate the name Sophia along with Faith, Love and Hope to remind us of the meaning in our life.
Честит имен ден, Софи!