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Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. SEEL-vya(Italian)
SEEL-bya(Spanish)
ZIL-vya(German)
SIL-vee-ə(English)

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.