Sylvia ! Wdyt? :)

See the results of this poll: Sylvia ?!

Respondents: 57 (This poll is closed)

  • Sylvia & Variants - No way! : 5 (7%)
  • Sylvia : 30 (41%)
  • Silvia : 15 (21%)
  • Sylvie: 23 (32%)

[name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] has always been one of my favorites. I would use it without question if a family member didn’t have the name. I prefer the [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] spelling.

I’m not sure where you live, but [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] isn’t a top 500 name, so I doubt you’ll have to worry about other children in your daughter’s age group. I don’t understand how name confusion would be a problem either.

I think “from the forest” is a beautiful meaning. It’s one of the things that attracts me to the name.

The name doesn’t remind me of saliva at all, but I guess it sounds pretty similar to salvia (which wouldn’t be bad, except for the drug association).

i think most people think of the ‘y’ version [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] since ‘y’ in every name it seems now

DONT use [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f] as the full first name, give the child a full name so she isnt forced to be called a nickname her entire life

ps no thoughts about saliva or salvia : )

…You do realize that [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f] is the [name_m]French[/name_m] form of [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f], right? It’s a full name, not a nickname.

Also, if you insist on abusing the font options, can you at least do it in a way that makes sense? Bolding, enlarging, and italicizing random words is just confusing and rather silly.

If you like it, use it. It sounds kind of severe and dated to me, as my only points of reference are the pop singer from the early 80’s and the old lightbulb company–[name_f]Sylvania[/name_f]. I do like the meaning & nature reference, though.

Id only use [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f] as a nickname, if I use it art all.
& rkrd Im not familar with either of them but I like to know possible associates so thank you.
Also the name associate, I didnt know if it might blend in if there are little olivias or sophias or amelias or other -ia names or if itd stand out without confusion

I’m not a big fan of [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] to be honest, I have an “Aunt” [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] who is the age of my grandma, so that name doesn’t sound as fresh to me as it does to others. I do, however, like [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]. I also adore the similar [name_f]Sylvana[/name_f].

I adore this name!

My favourite spelling is [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] I honesty find this spelling very classy and elegant. I adore the [name_f]Silvie[/name_f] nickname as well. I also really love the forest meaning it’s really wholesome and almost majestic. [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] is a lovely choice and I really don’t think you should worry about popularity of [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] she isn’t in the top 100 names (well in the UK anyway) which means most likely little [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] won’t have any other class peers named [name_f]Silvia[/name_f].

I voted for [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] - it is my daughter’s name, too. (She goes by [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f].) I don’t think you need to worry about the popularity - last year it was the 526th most popular name in the U.S. - the name is climbing up on the list, but very slowly.
Other option that you might like: [name_f]Sylvaine[/name_f].

My oldest is [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f]. Although she now introduces herself as [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]. We obviously loved the name and so far she is the only one we have met. [name_f]One[/name_f] problem we have encountered is that a lot of people think she is saying [name_f]Sophie[/name_f], because that name is so popular right now.

I love [name_f]Silvia[/name_f], like [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] and dislike [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]. [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] is one of my favorite Shakespearean names.

I used to think the orginal form was silvia since it didnt seem creative. Thats what I was curious about lady, hopfully they dont mix her up after the first misunderstanding!

But I appreciate everyones insight & honesty!
Anyone else have opinions?

I believe [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] IS the original and English speakers added to “y” spelling later so [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] is a variant spelling. I like both spellings but I think I prefer [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] a little more due to it’s Shakespearean connection. It makes me think of forests, fairies and queens (eg, the current [name_f]Queen[/name_f] of [name_u]Sweden[/name_u] is [name_m]German[/name_m]-born [name_f]Silvia[/name_f]). I also like the [name_m]French[/name_m] version [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f]. When you really listen to the name and say it aloud, it’s romantic and lush as it rolls off the tongue quite smoothy. It’s vintage but doesn’t sound “old” to me because it has a distinctive sound. It’s a great alternative to the megapopular [name_f]Sophia[/name_f]

I like both [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] and [name_f]Silvia[/name_f], though I am more accustomed to seeing [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f], so I’d probably use that. It is on my short list for girls. I don’t anticipate it becoming a Top Ten name, but it’s familiar enough that most will recognize it and how to spell it.

Also, and maybe this is just me, I love that it sounds like silver.

Thank you for your comparison of vintage to old mischa. I was curious of how old it felt, my family seems to think its old enough to be old but not old enough to be classy & compares it to [name_f]Ethel[/name_f] & other elderly names. They think something like [name_f]Natalia[/name_f] would be better.

Anyone else have opinions?

The I spelling of [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] always makes me think of saliva. I would use the [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] spelling.

I love [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] and [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f] (no preference between i/y.) Great meaning, gorgeous sound, interesting [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m] character. It always makes me think of the princess from Muzzy, which is a positive association for me. [name_f]Sylvie[/name_f] is also nice.

Can anyone one tell me a little more about the character in [name_m]Shakespeare[/name_m], im not to familar sadly. . & thanks everyone for all the insight :slight_smile: , anyone else?

[name_f]Silvia[/name_f] is a character from The Two Gentlemen of [name_f]Verona[/name_f].

[name_f]Silvia[/name_f] is the spirited daughter of the [name_m]Duke[/name_m] of [name_u]Milan[/name_u] and [name_u]Valentine[/name_u]'s girlfriend. When she falls in love with [name_u]Valentine[/name_u], she rebels against her father’s wishes and makes plans to elope. [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] is so determined to be with [name_u]Valentine[/name_u] that, when her father banishes [name_u]Valentine[/name_u] from [name_u]Milan[/name_u], [name_f]Silvia[/name_f] runs away to the forest, where [name_u]Valentine[/name_u] has set up camp. (ref)

Okay, at least it doesn’t seem to tradic like how was of his characters were rapped which I believe was [name_f]Lavinia[/name_f] in one of his plays. & I see the forest connection to… Thank you castles!