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What does Sylvia mean?

Sylvia /syl-via/ as a girls' name is pronounced SIL-vee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Sylvia is "woods, forest".

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.

Associated with: ancient, nature, goddess, play (opera)

Variations

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.

Sylvia has 4 more different relations via Silvia: Silvi, Silvija, Silvy and Silvya.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Sydvia, Sylnia, ..

(male) Sylsea, Sylta, ..

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. Demographics)

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

Displayed below is the baby name history of Sylvia for girls. Sylvia reached its peak rank of #71 in the U.S. in the 1910s, and is presently at #493. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the statistics of the girl name Sylvia and associated names. Popular variation forms of Sylvia (#493 the previous year) are Sylvie (#1117 the previous year), Silvia (#1236) and Sylva. Usage of these relations of Sylvia was widespread in the 1910s (median #1152) and has become significantly reduced since.

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

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

Similar Names

NAMES LIKE SYLVIA

Sylvia is pronounced similarly to Sallvia and Salvia. Other suggested similar names are Alaia, Alyvia, Belvia, Caylia, Cythia, Cytia (see Cynthia), Daleia, Dalia, Dulcia, Elvia, Flavia, Fulvia, Gallia, Gilia, Helia, Kalia, Kyria, Lalia, Lydia, Lygia, Lyvia, Maleia, Melia, Olia, Pelia, Safia, Salama, Salcia, Salicia, Salima, Salli, Sallie, Saloma, Salvina, Saria, Seelia, Selbea (see Selby), Selbie, Selia, Selie, Sellma, Shadia, Shalva, Shania, Shelia, Shyla, Silia, Silja, Silkie, Silkya, Sillia, Silvina, Sohnia, Solana, Solina, Solvej, Sybil, Sydni, Syleena, Sylena, Sylina, Synda, Syndia, Synthia, Syrena, Syria, Tallia, Tyria, Vivia, Zalia, Zaylia, Zolia and Zylia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sylvia.


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