Silvia Name Meaning & Origin

Silvia

Pronunciation: SIL-vee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Silvia:

Feminine form of Silvius (of the woods), a name derived from the Latin silva (wood). The name is borne in Roman mythology by Rhea Silvia, a vestal virgin who broke her vows and became mother of Romulus and Remus.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Sylvia, Sylvie

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Comments and insights on the name Silvia: | Edit

Silvia sounds both intelligent and sophisticated without being too "classy". Silvia has a ring to it because it sounds italian and indicates a young and sexy female. Would make a great boss and good person because it is a strong yet charming name. Plus, it's quite unsual without being weird, meaning people would remember that name easily!

Personal experiences with the name Silvia: | Edit

Silvia was the one name that ended up on the independently-made lists of my husband and myself. We loved the sound, the literary allusions, and that it was of the old-fashioned era of lovely female names, but without being over-used. I initially argued for the Sylvia spelling (so she wouldn't have to spell it every time), but my husband lobbied hard for the Silvia spelling, arguing that it was more international, less stodgy, and, the winning argument, that's how Shakespeare spelled it.

Silvia and Vasili are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

-- As a Silvia myself, I love my name! I live in Greece so it's not a popular name. Many say that Silvia sounds both intelligent and sexy! As a student in school I stood out in a good way. Everyone remembers my name, many like it and some even think I'm Italian because of it! Having this name, it's quite easy to find a nicknmame and since its meaning has a close relation with woods and nature, I advice new parents to name their child Silvia with no hesitation!

Nicknames for Silvia: | Edit

Silvie, Sil, Vee, Silvi, Silly, Vi, Via, Silvita

Meanings and history of the name Silvia: | Edit

My name is Sylvia. I was named after my grandmother. She told me when I was young that the "Y" spelling was Hebrew in origin. The "I" spelling indicated a nordic or christian spelling. Not sure if it is true and would love imput.

Famous real-life people named Silvia: | Edit

Silvia Pinal, Mexican director and actress
Silvia Pasquel, Mexican actress
Queen Silvia of Sweden (born Silvia Renate Sommerlath)

Silvia in song, story & screen: | Edit

The heroine in William Shakespeare's comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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