Sibyl Name Meaning & Origin

Sibyl

Pronunciation: SI-bəl (key)

Origin of the name Sybil:

Derived from the Latin Sibylla (a fortuneteller, a prophetess). The sibyls, women of ancient Greece and Rome, where mouthpieces of the ancient oracles and seers into the future. In the Middle Ages, they were believed to be receptors of divine revelation; thus Sibyl came into use as an acceptable given name. Var: Sibella.

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Related Names:

Cybil, Cybill, Sibyll, Sybil, Sybill, Syble

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Sib, Sibby, Sibsy, Tibs, Tibby, Billie

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Originally a title, from the Greek Σιβυλλα meaning 'prophetess, seer' which referred to female prophets who delivered their visions in riddles for interpretation, at holy sites in the Greek and Roman empires.

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Sibyl Colefax, English interior decorator and socialite, founder of Colefax & Fowler antiques and design firm
Lady Sibyl Smith, English Lady and suffragette
Sibyl Buck, French-born model, musician and yoga instructor
Sybil Danning, Austrian actress

Sibyl in song, story & screen: | Edit

The Song of the Sibyl, Dead Can Dance
Sybil, film about multiple personality disorder, starring Sally Field
Sybil Chase, character in the play 'Private Lives' by Noel Coward
Sybil Crawley, fictional youngest daughter in 'Downton Abbey'television series
Sybil Fawlty, wife of the hotelier Basil Fawlty in television series 'Fawlty Towers'
Sibyl, Greek slave in the series 'Spartacus: War of the Damned'

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