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Gender: Female Meaning of Silvia: "from the woods" Origin of Silvia: Latin

The name Silvia is a girl's name of Spanish, Italian, Latin origin meaning "from the woods". Silvia and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "drop your least favourite w randomly generated names - girls with middles".

From the experts:

This original form of the name -- the more familiar Sylvia spelling came later -- seems more modern now.

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Famous People Named Silvia

Silvia Renate Sommerlath, Queen consort of Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
Silvia Pinal, Mexican actress
Silvia Angélica Navarro, Mexican actress
Silvia Solar (born Geneviève Couzain), French-Spanish actress
Silvia-Sorina Munteanu, Romanian operatic soprano
Silvia Colloca, Italian actress and chef
Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary, Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Ostergotland
Silvia Monfort (born Simone Marguerite Favre-Bertin), French actress

Pop Culture References for the name Silvia

Silvia, character in Shakespeare's "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
"Silvia," song by Mike Snow
Silvia Broome, character from the movie "The Interpreter"

Sylvana, Silvanna, Sylvia, Silvija, Silvy, Zylvia, Silvya, Zilvia

Silvia's International Variations

Silvina, Silvana, Silveria (Spanish) Silvia, Silva (Italian) Silwia (Polish) Sylvianne, Silvie, Sylvette (French)


paulapuddephatt Says:


This is the original spelling? Well, I do really like it. I think that Sylvia still has the edge for me, especially with the Plath association, but I adore both spellings. I love Sylvie, also.

BrittanyBrown Says:


Me too.

Toronto87 Says:


this is the odd name where i don't have a preferable spelling. Maybe I'd use whatever was more common in my area just to minimize spelling issues.

livelovewrite Says:


I adore both spellings. I'm not sure if I even have a preference, though I'd go with Sylvia, just so she might not have to correct the spelling of her name as often.

Catastroffy Says:


I prefer this to Sylvia. I find it looks...better, somehow, without the Y.