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What does Sylva mean?

Sylva Pronunciation of Sylva as a girls' name is of Latin derivation, and the name Sylva means "woods, forest". Sylva is a variant form of Sylvia (Latin).


ASSOCIATED WITH woods (tree)


VARIANTS Zylvia, Zilvia, Sylvie, Sylvee, Silvie, Silvia, Silva

RELATIONS VIA SYLVIA Silvana, Sylvana, Sylvanna, Sylviana, Sylvina, Sylvine, Sylvonna, Sylwia

(female) Sylma, ..

(male) Sylve, ..

Sylva Avalon (S.A.), ..

How popular is Sylva?

Sylva is an uncommon first name for females but a very popular last name for all people (#14792 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Sylva reached its highest rank of #1176 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Silvia (#1394 LAST YEAR), Sylvia (#490) and Sylvie (#897) are the popular related forms of Sylva ranked in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Sylvonna, are seldom used. These relations of Sylva were at the top of their popularity 108 years ago (MEDIAN #1152) and are now significantly less conventional (#1195, 80% LESS USAGE). Sylvia has historically been the top pick of parents, though Sylvie has gained in usage over time, while Sylvia is now less common.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylva, Silvia, Sylvia, Sylvie 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 Sallvia, Salvia, Silvi, Silvy and Silvya. Other recommended sound-alike names are Alva, Ayva, Belva, Elva, Malva, Melva, Olva, Salma, Sela, Selda, Selia, Selma, Shalva, Sheva, Shyla, Silia, Silja, Silya, Skyla, Solvag (see Solveig), Sula, Sylena, Sylina, Syma, Synda, Syria and Ulva. These names tend to be more frequently used than Sylva.

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