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What does Sybil mean?

Sybil Pronunciation of Sybil [sybil] as a girls' name is pronounced SIH-bul. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Sybil is "prophetess, oracle". Variant of Sibyl. Actress Cybill Shepherd.

Associated with: greek, prophetess, oracle (wisdom).


Sybil has 13 variants: Cybele, Cybil, Cybill, Sibell, Sibilla, Sibyl, Sibylla, Sybel, Sybella, Sybelle, Sybill, Sybilla and Sybille.

5 more relations via Cybill, Sibyl: Cybilla, Sabilla, Sib, Sibel and Sibyll.

Creative forms:
(female) Sibil, Sybyl, ..


Middle name pairings:
Sybil Shayna (S.S.), ..

How popular is Sybil?

Sybil is a very prominent first name for females (#693 out of 4276, Top 16%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Sybil reached its highest rank of #319 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sybil name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sybil outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Sybilla and Sibyl are the prominent alternative forms of Sybil. Adoption of these forms of Sybil was widespread among parents during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.04%), but now, versions like Sybil have gone out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sybil, Sibyl, Sybilla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sybil and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sybil is pronounced similarly to Cybel, Cybille and Sable. Other suggested similar names are Shyril (see Cheryl), Sydel and Syria. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sybil.

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