Opinions please: Sibylla?

(51 Posts)
joesgirl Tue 14-May-13 15:38:43

What do you think? DD2 would be sister to Leonora.

Choccyhobnob Tue 14-May-13 15:40:59

Sorry I have to say I don't like it sad sort of sounds like syllable, or syllabub or similar said with a cold.

tasmaniandevilchaser Tue 14-May-13 15:42:20

Honestly ......sounds like a monster from a Greek myth. Sorry.

Pancakeflipper Tue 14-May-13 15:43:35

At first I thought it was a weird version of Cybil.

Personally not for me. Looks like a wobbly pudding.

brainonastick Tue 14-May-13 15:45:25

No, sorry, sounds like something you'd catch.

bodiddly Tue 14-May-13 15:46:27

I know a Sybille - pronounced the same way I would imagine!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 14-May-13 15:47:25

I can see her in later life, cool, ironic, elegant... not as easily as a mucky faced toddler.

Goes well with Leonora, no worry about calling her name and five other little girls come running up.

randgirl Tue 14-May-13 15:48:13

Sorry i dont like it either, at first glance of the header i thought you were talking about an std....

joesgirl Tue 14-May-13 15:48:58

oh dear, that's pretty unanimous!
it is greek for prophetess (sibyl) but i guess i need to keep looking! ;)

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 14-May-13 15:50:04

It sounds like an ointment.

Keep looking.

bunnymother Tue 14-May-13 15:51:05

I remember a Sybilla being a prophetess, and Google says yes. I think its OK, but I would think of something similar, but not Sybilla. Do you like Diana? Leonora is a divine name, BTW - wonderful choice.

TenthMuse Tue 14-May-13 16:04:21

Sybilla sounds like either a mythological monster or a vampire. Agree that it would suit a (rather formidable) older woman more than a little girl or young person. Would continue with the search, personally!

Decoy Tue 14-May-13 16:09:29

I like Sibyl, but Sibylla is rather OTT.

Sibyl is much nicer than some of the old names that are coming back.

seeker Tue 14-May-13 16:10:42

Why not just Sibyl?

Layl77 Tue 14-May-13 16:12:09

I thought STD too :/

joesgirl Tue 14-May-13 16:13:00

I like Sibyl as well but we are not English, and the L at the end would not work with our last name. Interesting comment though, as for me Sibyl and Sibylla are almost identical

skaen Tue 14-May-13 16:13:16

I think it was quite a popular Victorian name. I think there is a character in an MM Kaye book called sibylla. She was very beautiful but spoilt and horrid. Not that your one would be but that's the only time I've heard the name.

seeker Tue 14-May-13 16:15:02

Really? Do they sound the same to you?

MadBusLady Tue 14-May-13 16:15:40

How about Sibella? It's very similar but sounds nicer to me, and is from a very venerable Ealing comedy. Character's a bit of a cow, though.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 14-May-13 16:15:50


Sibylla makes me think of insect repellent.

K8Middleton Tue 14-May-13 16:16:06

It does sound like a venereal disease. Sorry. Hope you find something else you like.

Athena is nice if you want something Greek or Sophia (means Wisdom).

I don't like the sound of Sibylla much, and I think there are a lot of options for spelling (where does the y go, both y's, both i's, is it double l or single?), which could be confusing for your daughter.

Deborah has a similar meaning I think. And Serena is a similar (but in my opinion nicer) sound. I really love Leonora (great choice!)

Foxred10 Tue 14-May-13 16:19:31

I rather like it smile

Decoy Tue 14-May-13 16:21:45


joesgirl Tue 14-May-13 16:38:22

Yes Deborah is a prophetess. Not that I was looking for one in particular, neither a Greek reference. I guess I just like "sturdy" solid names.

Clara is another option, but somehow I don't really click with it yet.

I am finding it really difficult!

TallulahBetty Tue 14-May-13 16:41:49

Sounds and looks made up (I know it's not).

Quangle Tue 14-May-13 16:42:14

I really like it. I knew one at university (20 years ago) and always thought it was elegant and unusual.

ScrambledSmegs Tue 14-May-13 16:45:55

I like it.

Catlike Tue 14-May-13 16:47:35

I quite like it as it's the name of the main character in a book I love but think you'll find it a pain with people struggling with the spelling and pronunciation.

PeppermintPasty Tue 14-May-13 16:47:49

Oh, sorry, I don't like it. I saw it in Most Active and my first thought was something nasty like syph...well, you know.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 14-May-13 16:48:36

Well don't shelve it forever on the strength of some negative responses on here. Just think about it and by the time DD2 arrives you'll know whether you fancy it or not.

Sibylla is a not very nice character in 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (which I heartily recommend for an afternoon on maternity leave.

How do you feel about Augusta?
I think Caroline is underused too. That sounds nice with Leonora (which is yummy btw)

TunipTheVegedude Tue 14-May-13 16:49:00

I like it (heroine of Knight's Acre books by Norah Lofts).

TunipTheVegedude Tue 14-May-13 16:50:16

agree Caroline goes better with Leonora. Two names ending in 'a' are aesthetically less pleasing than two names with different endings.

olivertheoctopus Tue 14-May-13 22:33:43

Sibylla sounds like a made up name, sorry. Leonora is v pretty though. What about Cecily?

blondieminx Tue 14-May-13 22:34:46


Laquila Tue 14-May-13 23:28:55

Love it! Princess Sibylla of Jerusalem was an interesting historical character (portrayed in Kingdom of Heaven by Eve Green).

sleepingbeautiful Tue 14-May-13 23:30:19

My first thought was it sounds like something you'd be off to the GUM clinic with...
Cecilia, Miranda?

squoosh Tue 14-May-13 23:45:16

Reminds me of Sibella from Kind Hearts and Coronets too. Ok she's not the nicest character in the world but she's gutsy and umm, ambitious.

I like it.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 14-May-13 23:53:13

Joan Greenwood as Sibella in Kind Hearts and Coronets is a goddess. Wouldn't want to call a baby after her though.

OkayHazel Wed 15-May-13 01:33:28

sounds like an std.

JojoMags Wed 15-May-13 08:33:25

Hmm... reminds me of some kind of skin disorder. What about Sylvie?

Teapot13 Thu 16-May-13 22:34:26

I guess I am bucking the trend here but I like it. It is the usual German form of Sibyl.

I would have loved to name DD2 Sibyl but DH is German, and it wouldn't make sense in German. I would have gone for Sibylla as a compromise but it's a dated name in German.

Can you not just use Sibyl? I was a bit worried people would think I used it because of Downton Abbey, however.

cuillereasoupe Fri 17-May-13 07:49:48

I thought Kind hearts and coronets too. Sibella is ace!

FWIW I rather love Sibylla but if you decide not to use it, I offer up Sidonie for your consideration instead.

MadBusLady Fri 17-May-13 07:53:38

Another one! How come in real life I NEVER meet people who have seen the same old films I've seen?

orangepudding Fri 17-May-13 08:02:22

Sounds like a contraceptive pill name to me.

cuillereasoupe Fri 17-May-13 08:10:44

Oh Louieeeee

*flutters eyelashes*

Llareggub Fri 17-May-13 08:14:01

I never thought I'd say this but I am going to. I like Sylvia.

Bearcrumble Fri 17-May-13 08:27:00

What about Syrie instead?

cuillereasoupe Fri 17-May-13 09:24:42

That's French for Syria. Not something I'd go for at the moment.

MadBusLady Fri 17-May-13 09:26:12

We can never be Joan Greenwood, cuillere. <shakes head sadly>

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