What does Sylvia mean?
The Latin form Silvia was more popular for centuries until recently. Rhea Silvia was an ancient nature goddess, mother to the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. Shakespeare used the name Silvia for the love interest in his play "Two Gentlemen of Verona", probably intending to give the impression of a typical Italian girl though the name has come to be regarded as an English name.
Sylvia▼ has 23 variants: Silva, Silvaine, Silvana, Silvania, Silvanna, Silvia▼, Silviana, Silvianne, Silvie, Sylva, Sylvana, Sylvanna, Sylvee, Sylvette, Sylviana, Sylvianne, Sylvie, Sylvina, Sylvine, Sylvonna, Sylwia, Zilvia and Zylvia.
Affiliated girl name: Xylia.more]
How popular is Sylvia?
Sylvia is a very prominent first name for females (#120 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#5480 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Sylvia for girls. Sylvia reached its peak rank of #73 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #493. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sylvia and associated names. The only other popular variation form of Sylvia (#493 2 years ago) is Silvia. Adoption of these relations of Sylvia was widespread during 1950-1959 (average #324) and has become significantly reduced since (#746, 62.5% less). (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)