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238k
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Sylvia

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Forest
  • #309 All Time
Girls
Boys
Similar Names
3k Sylvie (French)

How popular is the name "Sylvia" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 81 81 0
1881 67 67 0
1882 79 79 0
1883 79 79 0
1884 87 87 0
1885 112 112 0
1886 137 137 0
1887 135 135 0
1888 166 166 0
1889 166 166 0
1890 223 223 0
1891 218 218 0
1892 275 275 0
1893 286 286 0
1894 288 288 0
1895 276 276 0
1896 340 340 0
1897 357 357 0
1898 391 391 0
1899 371 371 0
1900 446 446 0
1901 390 390 0
1902 411 411 0
1903 464 464 0
1904 497 497 0
1905 528 528 0
1906 622 617 5
1907 617 611 6
1908 748 748 0
1909 847 847 0 #93 girl name
1910 1,000 1,000 0 #92 girl name
1911 1,184 1,184 0 #82 girl name
1912 1,647 1,638 9 #77 girl name
1913 2,022 2,013 9 #72 girl name
1914 2,578 2,565 13 #70 girl name
1915 3,292 3,284 8 #67 girl name
1916 3,422 3,414 8 #69 girl name
1917 3,481 3,469 12 #69 girl name
1918 3,683 3,675 8 #71 girl name
1919 3,419 3,412 7 #77 girl name
1920 3,324 3,319 5 #85 girl name
1921 3,314 3,296 18 #88 girl name
1922 2,967 2,960 7 #94 girl name
1923 2,851 2,837 14 #98 girl name
1924 2,765 2,758 7
1925 2,552 2,535 17
1926 2,544 2,528 16
1927 2,356 2,347 9
1928 2,238 2,223 15
1929 2,054 2,038 16
1930 1,840 1,829 11
1931 1,940 1,928 12
1932 2,582 2,566 16 #96 girl name
1933 2,949 2,936 13 #84 girl name
1934 3,491 3,475 16 #70 girl name
1935 3,639 3,620 19 #60 girl name
1936 4,180 4,156 24 #53 girl name
1937 4,382 4,364 18 #50 girl name
1938 4,269 4,256 13 #56 girl name
1939 3,893 3,871 22 #62 girl name
1940 3,822 3,802 20 #62 girl name
1941 3,804 3,788 16 #65 girl name
1942 3,734 3,727 7 #72 girl name
1943 3,642 3,624 18 #76 girl name
1944 3,304 3,289 15 #83 girl name
1945 3,386 3,375 11 #83 girl name
1946 4,106 4,093 13 #82 girl name
1947 4,115 4,098 17 #97 girl name
1948 3,679 3,670 9 #100 girl name
1949 3,826 3,817 9 #94 girl name
1950 3,626 3,616 10 #97 girl name
1951 3,779 3,769 10 #97 girl name
1952 3,800 3,792 8 #99 girl name
1953 3,817 3,810 7
1954 4,090 4,081 9
1955 4,013 4,001 12
1956 4,154 4,146 8
1957 4,323 4,301 22
1958 4,168 4,156 12
1959 3,871 3,853 18
1960 3,833 3,823 10
1961 3,765 3,744 21
1962 3,475 3,455 20
1963 3,293 3,281 12
1964 2,952 2,941 11
1965 2,968 2,955 13
1966 2,417 2,411 6
1967 2,224 2,212 12
1968 1,970 1,959 11
1969 1,825 1,812 13
1970 1,737 1,727 10
1971 1,589 1,578 11
1972 1,468 1,463 5
1973 1,347 1,347 0
1974 1,364 1,355 9
1975 1,152 1,143 9
1976 1,061 1,056 5
1977 991 983 8
1978 953 947 6
1979 1,023 1,018 5
1980 965 958 7
1981 1,015 1,009 6
1982 992 984 8
1983 1,042 1,036 6
1984 1,017 1,004 13
1985 935 928 7
1986 882 875 7
1987 871 863 8
1988 862 854 8
1989 807 799 8
1990 823 818 5
1991 831 831 0
1992 714 709 5
1993 685 685 0
1994 592 592 0
1995 589 589 0
1996 551 551 0
1997 516 516 0
1998 550 550 0
1999 536 536 0
2000 537 537 0
2001 512 512 0
2002 532 532 0
2003 502 502 0
2004 512 512 0
2005 546 546 0
2006 581 581 0
2007 587 587 0
2008 554 554 0
2009 555 555 0
2010 525 525 0
2011 528 528 0
2012 575 575 0
2013 592 592 0
2014 630 630 0

Want to know about the populiarty of Sylvia? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 238,071 babies born with the name Sylvia in the United States. That's more than enough Sylvias to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 81 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Sylvia" was in 1937 with a total of 4,364 babies. (That's a lot of baby Sylvias)

According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Sylvia" ranks #80 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 33 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1936. Across the entire United States a total of 4,180 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Sylvia popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Sylvia" mean? The list below shows the origins of Sylvia as well as things modernly associated with the name Sylvia such as celebrities named Sylvia.

Latin

Origin and Meaning of Sylvia

The name "Sylvia" is of Latin origin, and it means "Forest". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is a poet, novelist and short story writer. Sylvia was born in 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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Sylvia Syms

Sylvia Syms is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1955 to present. Sylvia was born in 1934 as Sylvia May Laura Syms in Woolwich, London, England, UK.

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Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1926 to 1998. Sylvia was born in 1910 as Sophia Kosow in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Sylvia Miles

Sylvia Miles is an actress. Sylvia was born in 1932 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Sylvia Millecam

Sylvia Millecam is an actress and comedian with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1985 to 2001. Sylvia was born in 1956 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Sylvia Chang

Sylvia Chang is an actress, writer, director, and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1981 to present. Sylvia was born in 1953 as Ai-chia Sylvia Chang in Chiayi, Taiwan.

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Alternative Meanings

S is for select, as few are chosen.

Y is for young, the years never show!

L is for life, that you live so well.

V is for virtue, a trait you hold dear.

I is for ideas, that you bring to life.

A is for accomplished, in all that you do.

Your name in reverse order is "Aivlys". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Sayliv". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Sylvia born Jan 19, 1923

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Philippines approximately on 900. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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