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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Why is Sophie la Girafe called Sophie?
And why is she a Giraffe?
It is all due to Monsieur Rampeau, an expert in transforming tree-sap from the Hevea tree. He decided to create an animal that would not be the classic farm animal or pet figure.
Luckily for Babies, he decided on a Giraffe. It would probably have been very different had he chosen an hippopotamus even if it had been as cute as Hippo .
So Monsieur Rampeau designed Sophie.
Sophie went into production on May 25th, on Saint Sophie's day, hence her name. One day earlier or one day after we would have been talking about Donatien or Berengere! ^__^
So Sophie it is! It is a variant of Sophia (Greek) that means "wisdom". Monsieur Rampeau was indeed a Wise man.
Apparently Sainte Sophie was not a person. According to wikipedia, it is now Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey.