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Sylvia or Silvia?

(19 Posts)
CorrinaCorrina Tue 18-Sep-12 15:46:48

Which spelling do you prefer/which would you use? Why?

vodkaanddietirnbru Tue 18-Sep-12 15:55:28

I like Sylvia just because I think it looks nicer

DawnOfTheDee Tue 18-Sep-12 15:57:55

Sylvia definitely.

Silvia just looks like you didn't know how to spell Sylvia imho...

goingtoofast Tue 18-Sep-12 16:02:11


Silvia looks like a brand name.

MrsJohnDeere Tue 18-Sep-12 16:07:41


Silvia looks wrong, like the name of an ointment.

badtime Tue 18-Sep-12 16:09:04

I prefer 'Silvia', as it doesn't seem so dated. I really like a lot of continental-sounding names, and this is one that is pretty easy for British people to deal with.

Minty82 Tue 18-Sep-12 16:09:15

Sylvia, because that's how it's always been spelled in English, although it's Silvia in some other languages...

2beornot Tue 18-Sep-12 16:10:43

I would go with Sylvia unless I had Spanish/Italian background.

TudorJess Tue 18-Sep-12 16:51:01


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ComradeJing Tue 18-Sep-12 16:52:49

Sylvia. Beautiful name.

CorrinaCorrina Tue 18-Sep-12 20:34:12

Thanks for the replies - Sylvia a clear winner!
It's what we thought too but was just having a last minute wobble smile

birdofthenorth Wed 19-Sep-12 08:51:34

Yes to Sylvis concencus. It's a lovely name. Will you nickname Sylvie or use the whole thing?

squoosh Wed 19-Sep-12 10:42:03

Sylvia. Love this name.

Silvia reminds me of Silvio Berlusconi.

CorrinaCorrina Tue 25-Sep-12 11:44:05

Thanks - birdofthenorth - I think we'll use the full thing mostly.

I am still feeling a bit unsure confused - the Shakespeare connection makes me want to choose Silvia. Then again I agree with you squoosh about the Silvio Berlusconi thing!

Any other thoughts much appreciated - do you think Silvia would constantly have to spell her name in this country?

twinkletwinkleoldbat Tue 25-Sep-12 13:18:08

Aww....our dd was nearly a Silvia, as her sister has the name of the other female character in the Shakespeare play! We went with Sylvie in the end as she just looked too much of a scamp to carry off an elegant name like that. I still love it though!

lollystix Tue 25-Sep-12 22:46:25

Love Sylvie - much more than Sylvia. No to silvia IMHO

delilah88 Tue 25-Sep-12 23:03:32

Sylvia over Silvia - I love this name!

mathanxiety Wed 26-Sep-12 00:22:36

I knew an Italian-Irish Silvia and on quick glance her name looked like 'saliva' to a lot of people -- enough for her to wish her name was spelled with the Y.

Sylvia much better.

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