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What does Sylva mean?

Sylva /syl-va/ as a girls' name is of Latin derivation, and the name Sylva means "woods, forest". Sylva is a variant form of Sylvia (Latin).


Sylva has 7 variants: Silva, Silvia, Silvie, Sylvee, Sylvie, Zilvia and Zylvia.

Sylva has 8 more relations via Sylvia: Silvana, Sylvana, Sylvanna, Sylviana, Sylvina, Sylvine, Sylvonna and Sylwia.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Sylma, Sylsa, ..

(male) Sylvas, Sylve, ..

How popular is Sylva?

Sylva is an uncommon first name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#14792 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Sylva for girls. Sylva reached its highest rank of #1176 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Sylva and affiliated names. Silvia (#1236 last year), Sylvia (#493) and Sylvie (#1117) are the popular related forms of Sylva ranked in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Sylvonna, are seldom used. These relations of Sylva were at the top of their popularity 104 years ago (median #1152) and are now significantly less conventional.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylva, Silvia, Sylvia, Sylvie in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Sylva is alike in pronunciation to Sallvia, Salvia, Silvi, Silvy and Silvya. Other recommended names are Alva, Ayva, Belva, Elva, Malva, Melva, Olva, Salma, Sela, Selda, Selia, Selma, Shalva, Sheva, Shyla, Silia, Silja, Silya, Skyla, Solvag (see Solveig), Sula, Sylena, Sylina, Syma, Synda, Syria and Ulva. These names tend to be more frequently used than Sylva.