Sophonisba: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Sophonisba
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My sister is named Sophonisba after our great-great-aunt.
I lived in a dorm named after Sophonisba P. Breckinridge; we pronounced it so-fo-NIZ-bah, but I can't say for sure whether it is correct.
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Like "Sophia," "Sophonisba" is associated with wisdom.
The name is believed to come from Saphanba'al, meaning "sheltered by Baal."
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Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, social activist & 1st woman admitted by the Kentucky bar.
Sofonisba Anguissola, Renaissance painter.
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Subject of numerous tragic operas and plays based on Sophonisba, a Carthaginian noblewoman who lived during the Second Punic War (~200 BC).
Queen Sophonisba, a character in E.R. Eddison's fantasy novel "The Worm Ouroboros".