Sybil Name Meaning & Origin

Sybil

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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Cybil, Cybill, Sibyl, Sibyll, Sybill

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Sounds very sophisticated and dignified.

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Nicknames for Sybil: | Edit

Sib, Billie, Sy, sybbie

Meanings and history of the name Sybil: | Edit

From Latin, meaning "prophet"

Famous real-life people named Sybil: | Edit

"Sybil Dorsett" (real name: Shirley Ardell Mason), American psychiatric patient and commercial artist whose life was documented in 1973 in the book "Sybil", which was dramatized in two films of the same name in 1976 and 2007.
Sybil Ludington, American colonial freedom rider
Sybil Thorndike, English actress
Sybil Ruscoe, English television personality
Sybil Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, English heiress and military activist
Lady Sybil Grant, English writer, designer and artist
Sybil Connolly, Irish fashion designer
Sybil Stockdale, American activist
Sybil Andrews, British-born Canadian printmaker
Sybil Leek, British witch and astrologer
Sybil Bauer, American swimmer

Sybil in song, story & screen: | Edit

Lady Sybil Crawley, character on TV series "Downton Abbey"
Sybil Fawlty, long-suffering wife of Basil Fawlty in the BBC comedy series "Fawlty Towers", played by Prunella Scales.
Sybil Trelawny, the Divination teacher in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

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