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Meaning and name origin

Sylvia \s(y)-lvia, syl-via\ as a girl's 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.


Sylvia has 23 variant forms: Silva, Silvaine, Silvana, Silvania, Silvanna, Silvia, Silviana, Silvianne, Silvie, Sylva, Sylvana, Sylvanna, Sylvee, Sylvette, Sylviana, Sylvianne, Sylvie, Sylvina, Sylvine, Sylvonna, Sylwia, Zilvia and Zylvia.

For more information, see also the related girl name Xylia.


Sylvia is a very popular first name for females (#120 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5977 out of 88799, Top 7%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sylvia for girls. Sylvia reached its highest rank of #73 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sylvia name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sylvia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Sylvia (#493) and Silvia. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Silvia, Sylvia in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sylvia is also pronounced similarly to Sallvia, Salvia, Silvi and Silvya. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sylvia.