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Meaning and Name Origin

Sylva \s(y)-lva, syl-va\ as a girls' name is of Latin derivation, and the name Sylva means "woods, forest". Sylva is a variant of Sylvia (Latin): the Latin form Silvia was more popular for centuries until recently. Distinctive as a given name for girls.


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

Sylva has 15 more related variations via Sylvia: Silvaine, Silvana, Silvania, Silvanna, Silviana, Silvianne, Sylvana, Sylvanna, Sylvette, Sylviana, Sylvianne, Sylvina, Sylvine, Sylvonna and Sylwia.


Sylva is an uncommon first name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#15646 out of 88799, Top 18%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sylva and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Sylva (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 are Silvia and Sylvia (#493 last year). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 and are now significantly less widespread, with the forms Silvia and Sylvia becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Silvia, Sylvia 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 Salvia, Silvi, Silvy and Silvya. Another recommended similar baby name is Shalva. Like Sylva, these names are not frequently used.