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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sylvia

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  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

Notable Persons Named Sylvia

Sylvia Plath was a poetry, fiction, and short story writer. She was most active from 1960 to 1963. Sylvia was born on October 27th, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, US. She left this life on February 11th, 1963.

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Sylvia was born in 1926.

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Sylvia Kristel was an actress, model, and memoirist. She was most active from 1973 to 2010. Sylvia was given the name Sylvia Maria Kristel on September 28th, 1952 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She passed away on October 18th, 2012.

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Sylvia was born on January 3rd, 1949 in Lebanon, Indiana, U.S. They breathed their last breath on October 26th, 1965.

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Sylvia Browne was a self-described psychic, medium, psychic, mediumship, and self-describedpsychicandmedium. Sylvia was given the name Sylvia Celeste Shoemaker on October 19th, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. She left this life on November 20th, 2013.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell is a Director of the Office of Management, Budget, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, 22nd United States Secretary of Health, Human Services, Director of theOffice of Management, and White House Deputy Chief of Stafffor Policy. Sylvia was born on June 23rd, 1965 in Hinton, West Virginia.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sylvia

Tim Sylvia is a martial artist. Tim was born on March 5th, 1976 in Ellsworth, Maine.

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Sylvia is a country music, pop music, and nashville sound singer-songwriter. She plays Vocals. She was most prominent from 1979 to present. Sylvia was given the name Sylvia Jane Kirby on December 9th, 1956. Sylvia is also known as Sylvia.

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Lady Hermon Sylvia is a for North Down, Member of Parliament, and forNorth Down. She has had major accomplishments since 2001. Lady was born on August 11th, 1955 in Galbally, County Tyrone.

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William L. Edwards is a real estate developer. William was given the name Edward Francis Sylvia .

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Colin Sylvia is an australian rules football player.

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Saucy Sylvia is an entertainment, pianist, comedian, list of humorists, entertainer, comedienne, and humorist. Saucy was given the name Sylvia Cadeski on July 28th, 1921 in Ontario.

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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 3,322 3,317 5 #85 girl name
1921 3,315 3,297 18 #88 girl name
1922 2,968 2,961 7 #94 girl name
1923 2,852 2,838 14 #98 girl name
1924 2,764 2,757 7
1925 2,554 2,537 17
1926 2,544 2,528 16
1927 2,356 2,347 9
1928 2,237 2,222 15
1929 2,054 2,038 16
1930 1,841 1,830 11
1931 1,940 1,928 12
1932 2,583 2,567 16 #96 girl name
1933 2,948 2,935 13 #84 girl name
1934 3,491 3,475 16 #70 girl name
1935 3,640 3,621 19 #60 girl name
1936 4,180 4,156 24 #53 girl name
1937 4,384 4,366 18 #50 girl name
1938 4,269 4,256 13 #56 girl name
1939 3,892 3,870 22 #62 girl name
1940 3,821 3,801 20 #62 girl name
1941 3,802 3,786 16 #65 girl name
1942 3,735 3,728 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 4,104 4,091 13 #82 girl name
1947 4,116 4,100 16 #97 girl name
1948 3,680 3,671 9 #100 girl name
1949 3,825 3,816 9 #94 girl name
1950 3,622 3,612 10 #97 girl name
1951 3,786 3,776 10 #97 girl name
1952 3,797 3,789 8 #99 girl name
1953 3,819 3,812 7 #100 girl name
1954 4,094 4,085 9
1955 4,013 4,001 12
1956 4,153 4,145 8
1957 4,328 4,306 22
1958 4,168 4,156 12
1959 3,868 3,850 18
1960 3,833 3,823 10
1961 3,767 3,746 21
1962 3,474 3,454 20
1963 3,295 3,283 12
1964 2,954 2,943 11
1965 2,971 2,958 13
1966 2,416 2,410 6
1967 2,222 2,210 12
1968 1,973 1,962 11
1969 1,827 1,814 13
1970 1,737 1,727 10
1971 1,588 1,577 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 1,063 1,058 5
1977 990 982 8
1978 955 949 6
1979 1,022 1,017 5
1980 966 959 7
1981 1,014 1,008 6
1982 992 984 8
1983 1,044 1,038 6
1984 1,015 1,002 13
1985 936 929 7
1986 883 876 7
1987 871 863 8
1988 863 855 8
1989 807 799 8
1990 823 818 5
1991 831 831 0
1992 715 710 5
1993 686 686 0
1994 592 592 0
1995 589 589 0
1996 552 552 0
1997 516 516 0
1998 552 552 0
1999 539 539 0
2000 539 539 0
2001 513 513 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 555 555 0
2009 555 555 0
2010 525 525 0
2011 529 529 0
2012 577 577 0
2013 593 593 0
2014 633 633 0
2015 659 659 0
2016 619 619 0
2017 636 636 0

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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

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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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Fun Facts about the name Sylvia

  • What name lists does Sylvia rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Sylvia? Sylvia is the 316th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sylvia was the 5,977th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sylvia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 240,028 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 4,366 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sylvia!
  • Random Sylvia Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sylvia ranks 68th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 23 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1939.
  • 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 Siavly. 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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