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Question #3136 posted on 02/11/2004 12:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
What is the origin of the name "Sophronia?" Is it Latin or Greek, or from a piece of literature? Or did Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith just make up some name in a desperate attempt to name all of their children?
- Amateur Etymologist

A: Dear Amateur,

No, Joseph and Lucy didn't make up the name. Sophronia is actually the feminine form of Sophronius which is the Latin form of the Greek name Sophronios which was derived from Greek sophron meaning "self-controlled, sensible". Saint Sophronius was a 7th-century patriarch of Jerusalem.

Then again, as an amateur etymologist you surely would have known to look at to look for answers to name origins, wouldn't you?

-CGNU Grad