[ 2 syll. sil-via, si-lv-ia ] The baby girl name Silvia is pronounced in Italian as SIYL-VYaa or in Spanish as SIYL-BYaa †. Silvia is of Latin origin. It is used mainly in English, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The name Silvia means 'woman of the woods'. It is derived from the word silva with the meaning 'wood, forest'. The name was borne in Roman mythology by Rhea Silvia the mother of the legendary founders of Rome, the twins Romulus and Remus. The name was later borne by the mother of Pope Gregory the Great, who was herself a saint. The name has traditionally been used as Italian name, and it was later introduced to English speakers, promoted via various works such as the Shakespeare comedy Two Gentlemen of Verona (1592-1593) and William Congreve's The Old Bachelor (1693). The name saw a revival among English speakers in the 19th century.
Silvia is a spelling variant of the English, German, Italian, and Scandinavian Sylvia in the English, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish languages and a form of the English, German, Italian, and Spanish Silvana.
Silvia is the feminine form of the German Silvius.
Silvia is a widely used name; it has 25 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Silva (also used in Armenian and Scandinavian), Silvana (also used in Italian and Spanish), Silvestra, Silvie (also used in French), Silvya, Slyvia, Sylva, Sylvana, Sylviane, Sylvie (also used in French), and Zilvia. Other English forms include the shortenings Silvi and Syl, and the spelling variant Sylvia (also used in German, Italian, and Scandinavian).
Forms used in foreign languages include Silivia (Hawaiian), Silvea (Romanian), Silveria (Spanish), Silviana (Italian and Romanian), Silviea (Romanian), Silvija (Slavic), Silvina (Spanish), Sylvi (Scandinavian), Sylvine (French), and Sylwia (Polish). The diminutive Sile (German) is another foreign form.
Silvia is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1974 with 0.023% of baby girls being named Silvia. It had a ranking of #497 then. The baby name has fallen out of favor since then, and is of only irregular use today. Among the family of girl names directly related to Silvia, Sylvia was the most commonly used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Silvia include Schelby, Selby, Shalvah, Shelbee, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie, Shelby, Shelbye, Shellby, Shelva, Silva, Silvi, Silvie, Solveig, Sylva, Sylvi, Sylvie, Sylwia, and Shelb.
† Pronunciation for Silvia: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)"