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HollyBen Mon 15-Dec-14 12:19:38

DC2 is due in March. I am feeling a little uninspired regarding girls names this. Read a thread earlier about Sylvia and lots of posters mentioned Sylvie. DH has not dismissed it but did comment that we need to think of what it sounds like in a Scottish accent. We are both Scottish and live in Edinburgh. I don't think it's an issue but interested in thoughts.....

mondaymadness Mon 15-Dec-14 12:24:02

It's a gorgeous name! Very feminine and graceful I think. Sylvia is pretty too.

Fallingovercliffs Mon 15-Dec-14 12:26:01

It's really nice, but I think Sylvia is maybe nicer.

Clueing4looks Mon 15-Dec-14 12:27:29

I love the name, but it does sound a bit like 'Selfie', especially when said in a Scottish accent!

squoosh Mon 15-Dec-14 13:43:58

Sylvie is nice but Sylvia is even nicer and you can still have Sylvie as a nickname.

HollyBen Mon 15-Dec-14 14:44:32

Thanks for your thoughts. Interestingly i am not overly keen on Sylvia. I will ask dh what his thoughts are when he gets home

Footle Mon 15-Dec-14 15:04:30

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squoosh Mon 15-Dec-14 15:30:10

I know it's the French version I just don't think it sounds as elegant as Sylvia. Plus someone said Sylvie is as fashionable in France as Brenda is here, that puts me off it.

burgatroyd Mon 15-Dec-14 15:44:40

I prefer it to Sylvia. But she'll be called Sylvia by loads of people anyway as they would be more used to that name.

florascotia Mon 15-Dec-14 18:19:42

Sylvia has a distinguished history - goes back to Roman times, although the Romans spelled it 'Silvia'. It has a lovely meaning which would be very appropriate for Scotland - it means 'lady of the trees/forests'.

I agree with Squoosh - Sylvie when used in the English language seems somehow diminished, when compared with Sylvia.

Lunastarfish Mon 15-Dec-14 18:22:52

I really don't understand the mn obsession with Sylvie/Sylvia. All the ladies I know with that name (which is a lot) are all in their 60s. To me it's in the same league as Sandra, Pamela, Sue and, Brenda. Sorry, I'm being mean but I don't understand it(!)

TheNewStatesman Mon 15-Dec-14 22:31:36

I don't think there is an obsession, particularly---just that there happened to be a couple of threads recently.

I think it reminds people of Sophia/Sophie, which is why it feels a bit different to calling someone Brenda and Pamela.

Pandora37 Mon 15-Dec-14 23:03:39

I love Sylvie but weirdly don't like Sylvia. Sylvia is still very middle aged to me whereas Sylvie sounds more current. I have no idea what it would sound like in a Scottish accent though.

FelixFelixNavidad Mon 15-Dec-14 23:07:55

I have a Sylvie. I always get comments on how lovely her name is. I do really like Sylvia too and sometimes wonder if I should have named her that instead.

My sister lives up in Oban and I didn't notice it sounding weird with a Scottish accent.

TobyLerone Mon 15-Dec-14 23:12:24

I have a friend called Sylvia who is Scottish. Her name sounds lovely when she says it. I'm sure Sylvie will be the same.

They're both beautiful names.

Mutteroo Tue 16-Dec-14 00:22:45

I know many adult Sylvias & Sylvies. Because I only know older women with the name, I don't see it on a child & I don't actually like the name. There's been many threads where this name has been suggested & if the popularity of the name on here reflects its popularity in the real world, every other baby girl will have this name!

FelixFelixNavidad Tue 16-Dec-14 10:20:14

Mutteroo I've never met another Sylvie. There were only 98 registered Sylvie's in 2013 in the UK which is not many at all.

Fallingovercliffs Tue 16-Dec-14 10:46:56

I started the Sylvia thread and hadn't realised there had been other threads on the name. To me it's a very very unusual name to give a small child nowadays - but I definitely wouldn't put it in the same category as Brenda, Pamela and Sandra. It has a much more classical, ethereal feel that those names.

OneFlewOverTheMumsNest Wed 17-Dec-14 17:58:12

Like Felix I also have a Sylvie and always get comments on how lovely her name is. I like Sylvia as well but dh really didn't. In fact Sylvie was the only girl name he liked - dc2 is currently in utero and is doomed if a girl!

squoosh Wed 17-Dec-14 18:01:01

Oooooh, Doomed has a lovely ring to it OneFlew. wink

OneFlewOverTheMumsNest Wed 17-Dec-14 18:04:20

Ha Squoosh! I might as well put it on the list for dh to reject!

myotherusernameisbetter Wed 17-Dec-14 18:13:24

I have an Edinburgh accent - it sounds fine to me - no "r" to roll and no "t" to drop - clearly perfect grin

I like it and I like Sylvia too.

Hedgehog1977 Wed 17-Dec-14 20:07:56

I love Sylvie, our little boy would have been called it had he been a girl I think it would sound fine in a Scottish accent! X

Leeds2 Wed 17-Dec-14 20:31:28

I much prefer Sylvie to Sylvia.

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