SILVIA
GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: SEEL-vyah (Italian), SEEL-byah (Spanish)   [key]
Meaning & History
Feminine form of SILVIUS. Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome. This was also the name of a 6th-century saint, the mother of the pope Gregory the Great. It has been a common name in Italy since the Middle Ages. It was introduced to England by Shakespeare, who used it for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
Related Names
VARIANTS: Sílvia (Portuguese), Sylvia (English), Sylvia (German)
MASCULINE FORMS: Silvio (Italian), Silvio (Spanish), Silvio (Portuguese), Silviu (Romanian), Silvius (Late Roman), Silvius (Roman Mythology)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Silviya, Silva (Bulgarian), Sílvia (Catalan), Silvija (Croatian), Silvie (Czech), Sylvia (Danish), Sylvia, Sylvi (Finnish), Sylvie (French), Szilvia (Hungarian), Sylvia, Sølvi, Sylvi (Norwegian), Sylwia (Polish), Silvija, Silva (Slovene), Sylvia, Sylvi (Swedish)
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