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  1. #11
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    To me, "old lady" names are more like Beulah, Fannie, Olga, Helen... Silvia is much too classic. Maybe it has fallen out of favor, but I consider it a good thing, because that makes it not too popular. It's a very special choice, and I think your family will come around.
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  2. #13
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    I know two Silvias. One is in her thirties and one is a toddler so no, I don't view it as an old lady name. If you love it, you should go ahead and use it. If you're worried about it sounding too old on a baby, you can always call her Silvie when she's little.

  3. #15
    I love the name Silvia! (but prefer the Sylvia spelling) I've considered adding it to my own list a few times. It doesn't seem old ladyish at all, and most likely the only reason your family thinks it does is because of your great aunt. Use it! You love it and you loved your aunt, negative opinions shouldn't trump these reasons.
    For combos perhapes Silvia Christine, Silvia Ruth, Silvia Emmaline, Silvia Dawn, Silvia Fern, Silvia Celeste, Silvia Jane, Silvia Beth, Silvia Violet, Silvia Charlotte, Sivia Alice or Silvia Abigail. I also really like the pp suggustion of Silvia Claire.
    ~ Elisabeth Odelia "Elsie" ~ Gideon Boone ~
    ~ Adelheid Ruby "Addie Rue" ~ Theodore _______ "Teddy"~
    ~ Casilda Josephine "Cassie Jo" ~ Zaccheaus __________ "Zeke" ~

  4. #17
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    It is NOT at all too old-ladyish, especially considering how popular vintage/revival names are right now. (I'm sure plenty of people were saying that Ava was old-ladyish a couple years ago.) Silvia is pretty and will fit right in with other little babies born around this time, without being SUPER trendy. Your family is just a bit behind the naming fashions.

    I much prefer the spelling Sylvia, as I feel like it's more standard and also looks better. But, if the person you are honoring spelled her name Silvia, that's a legit reason to spell it that way.

    I grew up with one Sylvia who is late 20s now. She always wore it well, from the time I met her at 10 til now. We did joke that we both had old lady names (I am Lois), but neither of us disliked our names. And now it will be even more normal to be a Sylvia now than it was 10-15 years ago, because, as I said, these classic names are more and more common these days.

    GO FOR IT! Is my vote. Also, Silvia Clare is lovely. (I like this spelling of Claremore than Claire since Silvia to reduce the i overload.)

  5. #19
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    Apr 2013
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    Nope! Not too old at all.
    I'm not feeling incredibly profound at the moment. Check back later.

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