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  • Sylvia

    39 81.25%
  • Silvia

    9 18.75%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2014

    Sylvia vs Silvia

    Hi there, berries!

    I've always liked the name Sylvia - it's always seemed graceful and balletic to me, maybe because of Les Sylphides? - and recently I've being seeing a bit of buzz on here about it becoming the next Sophia.
    Anyway, today I read the name in a book and it suddenly looked slightly awkward - the 'y' just didn't have the same grace to it as it had before. It could just be a bit of name fatigue on my part, but it got me thinking about alternative spellings.

    Shakespeare spelled it Silvia, which is slightly more logical, and I think it's sweet that this spelling looks so much like the word silver, plus, if Sylvia does become mega-popular something slightly different is nice.

    I still can't choose a favourite - what do you think? And, if you have the time, what made you choose one over the other?

    Disclaimer: I'm not pregnant, just curious!
    I'm Claire, an Australian teenberry. I love names and kids, but I'm not going to become a mum for at least ten years. Until then, I'm just playing with possibilities.

    For girls, I love:
    Matilda - Iulia - Rosa - Annalise - Linnea - Eva

    For boys, I love: Anders - Reuben - James - Jude - Caspar - Thomas

    Guilty pleasures are: Blaise - Orion - Caspian --- Madelief - Isolde - Hero

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    West Michigan
    In an English speaking country, I'd go with Sylvia since it's the spelling most people are familiar with. Silvia would work in Europe, I think. Silvia may be 'slightly different' but if Sylvia was mega popular, it would just cause headaches (sort of like Sophia and Sofia).
    Em (stillborn 7/09) | Bo (08/09)
    Nats (02/12) | Tay (11/14)

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    I prefer Silvia, the original Latin spelling. I think it looks better, though Sylvia isn't that bad.

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    While I'd usually prefer to spell a name without Y, I like Sylvia with it better. It just looks more pretty to me.
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  5. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Boston, MA
    Not to ruin Silvia for you too, but someone once commented that they always see 'saliva' when they first glimpse Silvia. I already preferred the look of Sylvia, but that sealed the deal for me.

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