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What does Sybil mean?

Sybil Pronunciation of Sybil as a girls' name is pronounced SIH-bul. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Sybil is "prophetess, oracle". Variant of Sibyl. Actress Cybill Shepherd.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, prophetess, oracle (wisdom)


VARIANTS Cybele, Cybil, Cybill, Sibell, Sibilla, Sibyl, Sibylla, Sybel, Sybella, Sybelle, Sybill, Sybilla, Sybille

RELATIONS VIA CYBILL, SIBYL Cybilla, Sabilla, Sib, Sibel, Sibyll

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How popular is Sybil?

Sybil is a very prominent first name for females (#693 out of 4276, Top 16%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Sybil reached its highest rank of #319 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is at #1865 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Sibyl and Sybilla are the prominent alternative forms of Sybil (#1865 IN RECENT RANKINGS). Adoption of these forms of Sybil was widespread among parents during 1920-1929 (USAGE OF 0.05%) and has become much lower since (USAGE 0.01%, DOWN 85.9%), with versions like Sybil going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sybil, Sibyl, Sybilla in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sybil is pronounced similarly to Cybel, Cybille and Sable. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Shyril (see Cheryl), Sydel and Syria. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sybil.

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