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Gender: Female Meaning of Sylvie: "from the forest" Origin of Sylvie: French variation of Latin Sylvia Sylvie's Popularity in 2017: #993

The name Sylvie is a girl's name of French origin meaning "from the forest". Sylvie is ranked #993 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Although Sylvia seems to be having somewhat of a revival among trendsetting babynamers, we'd still opt for the even gentler and more unusual Sylvie. It feels exotic without being unfamiliar and has a cosmopolitan, international air. It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2016.

Jason Bateman chose it as the middle name of his daughter Maple. In one of Lewis Carroll's lesser known novels, Sylvie and Bruno, Lady Sylvie is the princess of Fairyland.

Find other names based on Sylvie using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Sylvie

Sylvie Georges Vartan, Bulgarian-French singer
Sylvie Testud, French actress
Sylvie Goulard, French MEP
Sylvie Becaert, French Olympic biathlete
Sylvie Goy-Chavent, French Senator
Sylvie Bodorová, Czech composer
Sylvie Françoise Meis, Dutch TV personality and model
Sylvie Desmarescaux, French Senator
Sylvie Bernier, Canadian diver
Sylvie Daigle, Canadian speed skater
Sylvie Verheyde, French actress and director
Sylvie Léonard, Canadian actress
Sylvie Courvoisier, Swiss composer
Sylvie Kinigi, former President of Burundi
Sylvie Guillem, French ballerina
Sylvie Tellier, Miss France 2002
Sylvie Chantecaille, founder of the luxury cosmetics brand Chantecaille
Maple Sylvie Bateman, daughter of actor Jason Bateman

Pop Culture References for the name Sylvie

Sylvie Lushton aka Enchantress, character in Marvel comics
"Sylvie," novella by Gérard de Nerval and its main character
Sylvie Brett, character on TV's Chicago Fire.
Sylvie Gaudet, character in film "Charade"
Sylvie, princess of Fairyland in Lewis Carroll novel "Sylvie and Bruno"


rubylark Says:


Sylvie is so cute! It's not too popular yet is still familiar sounding. Way better than other S- names, like Sylvia or Sophie.

Happygirl802 Says:


Agree that is adorable!!

Happygirl802 Says:


I like this name a lot but a friend named her baby Sylvie and EVERYONE confuses it with Sophie. I think Margot or Collette are better French options but can’t decide which I like better.

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Terrible name. Just go for Sylvia, the original, (Silvia sounds like saliva), instead of Sill-vee.
SYLVIA is just better!

Genevieve Whitelock Says:


Love the meaning of this name

MissusAytch Says:


Sleek and sophisticated but also sweet and simple. Great name.

scblovesnames Says:


This is cute, and I'd prefer this as a middle. Zinnia Sylvie Luz would be an adorable name.

raefrank Says:


This is my daughter's name; I absolutely love it. I'm surprised by how often she gets called Sophie.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this, even more than Sylvia. I only ever knew one Sylvie and she was actually French.

elliejsmith Says:


I've never really like Sylvia, but Sylvie is very attractive to me. I think we may use this for our daughter due in June!

vintageisfave Says:


I know someone named Sylvie-Grace and I think it's really pretty, although I would never use it!

headintheclouds Says:


I love Sylvie as a middle name- it has that French-name quality where it sounds good with everything. It also sounds elegant, yet also charming with a touch of whimsy. I just think it's so much better than the more tired-sounding Sylvia.

I'm one of those people who is very picky with their whole name combination- I have to love the middle name as much as the first, so I love that Sylvie has such a lovely sound, and that I love it so much!

mickie86 Says:


I love this name! Classic touch with a trendy feel. One of my favorites!

babymagic Says:


Wild and free

Aniela123 Says:


,y sisters name, it's ok

Bobcat108 Says:


I would spell it Silvie...which, if I remember correctly, is the name of a character in the Little Maida series of books from the early part of the 20th century.

jordalini Says:


I don't like this as a name, but it is a lovely nickname.

chellemma1 Says:


I think Sylvie is a lovely name - I much prefer it to Sylvia which sounds quite harsh to me, Sylvie is much prettier.

Guest Says:


I think Sylvie is more cuter and younger than Sylvia. Sylvia sounds more adult.

MaryKathryn Says:


My best friend has a cat named Sylvester and I call him "Sylvie". I couldn't really imagine using it for any other situation. I'm just not a big fan.



Love Sylvie as nn for Sylvia!