Sevilla Name Meaning & Origin

Sevilla

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Name of a city in Spain, pronounced in english as Seville.
Pronounced Sa-V-Yah, Se-V-yah or Sa-Villa

The girl's name Sevilla \s(e)-villa, sev(il)-la\ is of Spanish origin. Variant of Sibyl (Greek) "prophetess, oracle". Also the name of an ancient city in southern Spain, home of painter Diego Velazquez and the setting of Bizet's famous opera "Carmen".

SEVILLA (seh-VEE-yuh)
Gender: F
Origin of Sevilla: Spanish place-name
This legendary Andalusian city, according to myth founded by Hercules, is an undiscovered baby name destination.

Personal experiences with the name Sevilla: | Edit

Saw a comment on Facebook where the mother was talking about her daughter, Sevilla and the comments back were "What's a Sevilla?" I can imagine having to constantly explain and pronunciation this name left and right. But this name is still in my top five; can't shake my love of the exotic charm of this name.

I am not really sure how we came across this name but after doing some research it seemed to fit perfectly with the expectation my mother placed on my unborn daughter. From the moment I told my mom I was pregnant, she would refer to the baby as her "messiah", making me feel as though I would be having a boy. After finding out it was a girl I searched and searched for a girl name that meant savior. We ultimately decided on SeVya. "It has not abandoned me" fits her perfectly as she has most definitely been my mother's savior and was what kept her sane in her greatest time of need (my stepfather passing away).
~Mizzsmith~

Nicknames for Sevilla: | Edit

Savy, Sevil, Villa, Sev, YahYah, LaLa, Lelah

Boys: Saifullah, Saiful, Saviel, Seville, Saif-Allah, Suvel, Sayfullah, Xaviel, Safiullah, Xyvil, Saveliy, Savali, Safal
Girls: Sevilla, Sevval, Suvali, Savayla, Savella, Ceighley, Sievalee, Civil, Zavala, Savilla, Suvela

Meanings and history of the name Sevilla: | Edit

Name of a city in Spain, pronounced in english as Seville.
Meaning, from Seville, Spain

Seville is the artistic, cultural, and financial capital of southern Spain.

Sevilla FC - Sevilla Fútbol Club S.A.D.

Province of Seville - Seville is a province of southern Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Andalusia.

Sevilla Atlético Club (formerly called Sevilla FC B) is a Spanish football team based in Seville, Andalusia.

Seville Cathedral - The Cathedral of Seville is a religious building in Seville, Andalusia, southern Spain: it is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

Famous real-life people named Sevilla: | Edit

Kenneth C. Sevilla from Philippines Nephew of Timothy Dela Cruz and Diego Dacanay

Sevilla in song, story & screen: | Edit

The Turning Point, 1977 - Sevilla Haslam played by Antoinette Sibley
The setting of Bizet's famous opera "Carmen".
In myth the city was founded by Hercules

Literature and television:

The picaresque novel Rinconete y Cortadillo by Miguel de Cervantes takes place in the city of Seville.
The novel La femme et le pantin, ("Woman and puppet") (1898) by Pierre Louÿs, adapted for film several times, is set mainly in Seville.
Seville is the setting for the legend of Don Juan (inspired by the real aristocrat Don Miguel de Mañara) on the Paseo Alcalde Marqués de Contadero
Seville is the primary setting of many operas, the best known of which are Bizet's Carmen (based on Mérimée's novella), Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Verdi's La Forza del Destino, Beethoven's Fidelio, Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro, and Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery.
The episode "The Grand Inquisitor" in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov is set with Christ's return to Seville.
Seville is the last city the narrator and Simone visit in Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (1928).
Seville is the setting of the novel "The Seville Communion" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
Seville appears in the first chapter of science fiction novel Ringworld by Larry Niven.
Seville is both the location and setting for much of the 1985 Doctor Who television serial The Two Doctors.
Seville is also used as one of the locations in Dan Brown's "Digital Fortress". According to the author he started to think about writing his The Da Vinci Code when he was doing a course on Art History at the University of Seville. The description of Seville in the book is in question and according to an article by Alvaro Sanchez Leon in the January/February 2006 issue of the Spanish-language magazine Epoca, "Ese señor nunca ha estado matriculado en esta universidad, a no ser que se apuntara a un curso de otoño de los que se dan en la "Facultad de Geografía e Historia" para alumnos extranjeros." (trans: That gentleman has never enrolled in this university, unless he attended one of the short Autumn courses for foreign students at the Faculty of Geography and History.")
Arthur Koestler's book Spanish Testament is based on the writer's experiences while held in the Seville prison, under a sentence of death, during the Spanish Civil War.
Robert Wilson's police novel The Hidden Assassins (2006) concerns a terrorist incident in Seville and the political context thereof, with much local color. Note also his title The Blind Man of Seville (2004).
The setting of the book "the Lost Diary of Don Juan" by Douglas Carlton Abrams

In movies:

The Plaza de España in the Parque de María Luisa appears in George Lucas' Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones as well as in Lawrence of Arabia as the British Army HQ in Cairo, while the courtyard was the King Alfonso XIII Hotel.
The Plaza of the Americas also appeared in Lawrence, substituting for Jerusalem, and in Anthony Mann's El Cid. It would also serve as the Palace of Vladek Sheybal's Bashaw in The Wind and the Lion (1975) (including the memorable attack scene by the US Marines.)
Seville is given as the setting of part of the action on Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible II, but wasn't shot there. The portrayal of the Holy Week in the film holds no link to reality.
The Patio de los Naranjos in the Catedral appears in Kingdom of Heaven.
The Spanish translation of My Fair Lady's phonetic exercise "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain" is "La lluvia en Sevilla es una pura maravilla", "The rain in Seville is a pure marvel".
The surrealist film That Obscure Object of Desire, by director Luis Buñuel, features many scenes shot in Seville.
The action comedy Knight and Day featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz also filmed several action sequences in Seville.

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