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239k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
6k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Sylvia

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3k Sylvie (French)

How popular is the baby 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 1,648 1,639 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 #68 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 3,323 3,318 5 #85 girl name
1921 3,314 3,296 18 #88 girl name
1922 2,968 2,961 7 #94 girl name
1923 2,851 2,837 14 #98 girl name
1924 2,765 2,758 7
1925 2,553 2,536 17
1926 2,543 2,527 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 3,490 3,474 16 #70 girl name
1935 3,640 3,621 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 #55 girl name
1939 3,893 3,871 22 #62 girl name
1940 3,822 3,802 20 #62 girl name
1941 3,803 3,787 16 #65 girl name
1942 3,734 3,727 7 #72 girl name
1943 3,642 3,624 18 #76 girl name
1944 3,305 3,290 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 3,627 3,617 10 #97 girl name
1951 3,779 3,769 10 #97 girl name
1952 3,796 3,788 8 #99 girl name
1953 3,822 3,815 7 #100 girl name
1954 4,091 4,082 9
1955 4,012 4,000 12
1956 4,153 4,145 8
1957 4,326 4,304 22
1958 4,168 4,156 12
1959 3,871 3,853 18
1960 3,833 3,823 10
1961 3,764 3,743 21
1962 3,477 3,457 20
1963 3,292 3,280 12
1964 2,954 2,943 11
1965 2,968 2,955 13
1966 2,417 2,411 6
1967 2,221 2,209 12
1968 1,971 1,960 11
1969 1,825 1,812 13
1970 1,738 1,728 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 1,062 1,057 5
1977 990 982 8
1978 954 948 6
1979 1,022 1,017 5
1980 965 958 7
1981 1,015 1,009 6
1982 992 984 8
1983 1,042 1,036 6
1984 1,016 1,003 13
1985 936 929 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 715 710 5
1993 687 687 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 539 539 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 529 529 0
2012 576 576 0
2013 593 593 0
2014 633 633 0
2015 658 658 0

Fun Facts about the name Sylvia

  • How many people with the first name Sylvia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 238,746 babies born with the first name Sylvia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sylvia to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sylvia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 81 new born babies.
  • When was Sylvia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sylvia is Wednesday, April 8th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Sylvia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sylvia was in 1937 with a total of 4,364 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sylvia!
  • Random Sylvia Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sylvia ranks 100th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Washington. Imagine that, 58 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1948.
  • Weird things about the name Sylvia: Your name in reverse order is Aivlys. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aliyvs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sylvia? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,756 people with the last name Sylvia.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sylvia? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Sylvia as their last name.
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Popularity of Sylvia as a first name

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Popularity of Sylvia as a last name

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Common last names for Sylvia

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Cohen
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Taylor
  • Lewis
  • Thomas
  • Green

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sylvia U.S.
  White 89.09% 64.26%
  African American 3.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sylvia

People with the last name Sylvia are most frequently White

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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.

  1. (Roman mythology) Short for Princess Rhea Silvia, the mother of Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 87 Sylvia, a main belt asteroid; named for Rhea Silvia, mother of Romulus and Remus.
  3. A female given name, a popular spelling variant of Silvia.

Sylvia was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Danish, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

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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Other Inspirations for the Name Sylvia

Sylvia Browne
Sylvia Day
Sylvia Rivera
Sylvia Burwell
Sylvia Earle
Sylvia Likens
Sylvia Plath Poems
Sylvia Plath Quotes

What does the name Sylvia mean?

Sis for strength, there when needed.

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Vis for value, the value you place on friendship.

Iis for instill, the lesson of life.

Ais for artistic, adding beauty to the world

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