I've just seen this combo, the name of the wife of actor Alec Guinness. I love Silvia but Merula is weird - has anyone any thoughts on what it means? I see "Turdus Merula" (oh dear!) is the Latin name of the common blackbird. There are a few girls called Merula on ancestry.com.
"The practice of romantic names has become a very general evil ... many unfortunate beauties, of the names of Clarissa and Eloisa, might have escaped under the less dangerous ... Elizabeth or Deborah" - Isaac D’Israeli