Given Name SILVIA

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: SEEL-vya (Italian), SEEL-bya (Spanish), SIL-vee-ə (English), ZIL-vya (German)  [details]

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). It is now more commonly spelled Sylvia in the English-speaking world.
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/CULTURES: Silviya, Silva (Bulgarian), Sílvia (Catalan), Silvija (Croatian), Silvie (Czech), Sylvia (Danish), Sylvia, Sylvi (Finnish), Sylvie (French), Szilvia (Hungarian), Silvija (Latvian), Silvija (Lithuanian), Silvija (Macedonian), Sylvia, Sølvi, Sylvi (Norwegian), Sylwia (Polish), Silvija (Serbian), Silvija, Silva (Slovene), Sylvia, Sylvi (Swedish)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017