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Gender: F Meaning of Sylvia: "from the forest" Origin of Sylvia: Latin Sylvia's Popularity in 2014: #493

The musical, sylvan Sylvia seems poised to join former friends Frances and Beatrice and Dorothy back into the nursery.

Sylvia has been consistently on the popularity list since records started being kept. She was a Top 100 name from 1932 to 1948, reaching a high of Number 48 in 1932. Sylvia currently ranks at Number 505 on the popularity list, 248 on Nameberry.

Spelled Silvia, she was the mother of the twins Remus and Romulus, who were the mythological founders of Rome, and was a character in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Bard also penned the immortal lines "Who is Silvia? what is she, that all our swains admire her?"--words echoed in the Edward Albee play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Sylvias have also played major roles in Clare Booth Luce's classic play The Women and the Fellini film La Dolce Vita.

Sylvia Plath was the Tragic Heroine of modern poetry.

The French Sylvie is an appealing alternative.

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Famous People Named Sylvia

Sylvia Pankhurst - British suffragette and socialist
Sylvia Hale - Australian politician
Sylvia Peters - British television presenter
Sylvia Plath - American poet and novelist
Sylvia Sidney - American actress
Sylvia Fowles - American basketball player
Sylvia Hitchcock - Miss USA and Miss Universe 1967
Sylvia of Hollywood, "Madame Sylvia," early fitness guru to the stars
Sylvia Llewelyn Davies - mother of the Davies boys, the inspiration for the character Peter Pan and the other boys of J. M. Barrie's 'Neverland' books (played by Kate Winslet in 'Finding Neverland')
Sylvia Chang - Taiwanese actress/pop singer
Sylvia Jeffreys - Australian journalist/presenter
Sylvia Dalton (b. 2012), daughter of actor Brett Dalton

Pop Culture References for the Name Sylvia

Sylvia, a ballet with music by Leo Delibes
Sylvia, character in Graham Greene's novel "The End of the Affair"
Sylvia, the goat in Edward Albee's "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?"
Sylvia Fine, Fran's mother on the US show "The Nanny"
Sylvia Garland, character in "The Truman Show"
Sylvia Tietjens, Christopher's unfaithful Roman Catholic wife, a malicious beauty, in Ford Madox Ford's "Some Do Not" (1924), "No More Parades" (1925), "A Man Could Stand Up" (1926), and "Last Post" (1928)
Sylvia Weis, from the movie "In Time'
Queen Sylvia, ruler of Halloway in "The Black Jewels" trilogy
Sylvia Redbird, a character in the 'House Of Night' series (PC Cast)
Sylvia Bennington, character from the two films "Three Men And A Baby" and "Three Men And A Little Lady" played by Nancy Travis.
Sylvia the Zbornak, character on TV's "Wander Over Yonder"
Sylvia Miskin McFly ( aka Trixie Trotter) from Back to the Future video game.

Silvaine, Silvania, Silvanna, Silvianne, Silvie, Sylva, Sylvana, Sylvee, Sylvian, Sylviana, Sylvine, Zilvia

Sylvia's International Variations

Sylvianne, Sylvette, Sylvie (French) Silivia (Hawaiian) Silva (Italian) Silwia (Polish) Silvina, Silvia, Silvana, Silveria (Spanish)

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