Sylvia: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Sylvia

Sylvia

Pronunciation: SIL-vee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Sylvia:

A feminine form of Silvius, which is derived from silva (wood).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Silvia, Sylvie

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Comments and insights on the name Sylvia: | Edit

I named my daughter Sylvia Rose. Growing up there was a 90 year old woman in my neighborhood that I really admired. Her name was Sylvia and she was so full of life. She had this incredible curiosity and knew about everything! Even as a young child I was intrigued by her intelligence, quick wit, youthfulness, optimism, and energy.

That is my association with the name Sylvia and it's very positive. : )

My friend Sylvia is one of the most intelligent women I know if not THE most intelligent.

Personal experiences with the name Sylvia: | Edit

I love having the name Sylvia! It is unique enough that I'm usually the only one around!
Unique yet familiar. Elegant!
My Great Aunt Sylvia was so peaceful, loving, resilient. We called her Aunt Sib.

Nicknames for Sylvia: | Edit

Syl, Sylvie, Sylver, Sylva, Sib, Sibbie, Slyv, Vee

Meanings and history of the name Sylvia: | Edit

Meaning "of the forest."
"determined"
In Roman mythology, Rhea Silvia (alternate spelling of Sylvia) was the mother of Romulus and Remus.
Sylvaculture is the study of forests/forestry.

Famous real-life people named Sylvia: | Edit

Sylvia Plath - American poet and novelist
Sylvia Sidney - American actress
Sylvia Hitchcock - Miss USA and Miss Universe 1967
Sylvia (born Sylvia Jane Kirby) - American country singer
Sylvia Woods - American chef
Sylvia Brown - American psychic and author

Sylvia in song, story & screen: | Edit

Sylvia is the main character in a comic strip of the same name about a chain smoking woman with a cat.
Sylvia Llewellen-Davies, friend of playwright James Barrie in the film "Finding Neverland," played by actress Kate Winslet.
"Sylvia", 2002 biopic of Sylvia Plath, with Gwyneth Paltrow in the title role.
"Sylvia", ballet.
Sylvia is the name of the princess in the "Muzzy" videos that teach kids foreign languages.
Sylvia Weald, a witch from the 8th book in the Night World series "Black Dawn" by L.J. Smith. Sylvia Villegas 80s and 90s singer.

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