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Sybil....what kind of vibe do you get from it?

(55 Posts)
JanuaryJuniper Sun 18-Oct-15 22:46:00

From reading old threads it certainly seems to be love it or loathe it.

I'm really loving this name at the moment. For me I think it has a quirky yet timeless vibe. I think it would be so sweet on a little girl yet perfect for a woman.

I also love the unusual sound it has iykwim?

Do you think it goes well with Eli & Aphra?


DramaAlpaca Sun 18-Oct-15 22:51:49

It's a name that's grown on me recently & I love it. Quirky & timeless is a good description. I love Sybbie as a nn, as in Downton Abbey smile

It goes very well with Eli & Aphra.

UrbaneF0x Sun 18-Oct-15 22:53:47

like it. sister to a nancy or an edith or a hazel or a lois
that kind of vibe

gymboywalton Sun 18-Oct-15 22:53:52

well..either sybil from fawlty towers or split personalities

it's certainly not a name i would tihnk was cute or nice for a new human being

MaisieDotes Sun 18-Oct-15 22:54:37

I find it really difficult not to picture (and hear) Prunella Scales in Fawlty Towers- which is a shame because the name itself is beautiful and actually quite elegant.

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 18-Oct-15 22:55:00

Old lady with cauliflower perm.

AbeSaidYes Sun 18-Oct-15 22:56:44

I always think of that thing with Sally Fields about the woman with a multiple personality but I do like it and the shortened Syb. I might be a bit weird though because I think Gertie is a lovely name.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 18-Oct-15 22:57:55

I agree with the Sybbie from Downton connection, it's a lovely name.

CultureSucksDownWords Sun 18-Oct-15 22:58:25

I do just hear Basil Fawlty saying it in that particular manner, and then that's all I can think about. It's actually a nice name, but I think a certain generation and older would always think Fawlty towers.

JanuaryJuniper Sun 18-Oct-15 22:58:54

Ha, I don't mind the old lady thing, they were all little girls as some stage and hopefully a little baby will live long enough to be an old lady!

Love Prunella Scales, so that isn't a negative either!


JanuaryJuniper Sun 18-Oct-15 23:00:28

Oh yeah LOVE The nn Sybbie!

celtictoast Sun 18-Oct-15 23:04:16

Sybil and Syb are both due a comeback I think. Similar vibe to Sylvia, Edith, Ivy.

Lj8893 Sun 18-Oct-15 23:06:53

I automatically thought of the multiple personality disorder film too! That film scared me!

Salmotrutta Sun 18-Oct-15 23:09:10

I like it but I like Sybilla more I think- sounds a bit softer in a way?

hairbrushbedhair Sun 18-Oct-15 23:13:25

I thought of the MPD woman, sorry

Then I thought of the comedy Roseanne. She reminds me of someone called Sybil confused

NoMoreMarbles Sun 18-Oct-15 23:15:38

My mum had a cockatiel called Sybil... Not a name I would choose for my own little girl but it isn't one I would have a huge negative reaction to.

Speaking as a woman who was given a classically old lady name, I have another 40 years before I fully 'grow into' my name and there has barely been a day where I don't wish I was given a more modern/young/contemporary sounding name... I could change it, yes but it would really hurt my mum so I don't think about it. I would urge you to think about how you think a child saddled with such a marmite name would feel when the name goes out of style again

LetTheRiverAnswer Sun 18-Oct-15 23:26:06

It might just be my accent, but it's a name I find hard to say nicely. I had a great aunt Sybil and when my family said it it the way it sounded was very ugly - sort of Syb-ool. It might sound nice in different accents though!

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 18-Oct-15 23:55:30

I think it'd cute.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 18-Oct-15 23:57:25

Are you considering this name. January. If so you should definitely go for it. Not many little Sybils about now

Sophronia Sun 18-Oct-15 23:58:59

I like it, think I prefer the original Sibyl spelling though.

squoosh Sun 18-Oct-15 23:59:37

It's one of those names I'd have recoiled in horror at ten years ago but now really like.

Love Sybbie.

Sophronia Sun 18-Oct-15 23:59:42

Sibylla is nice too.

TheNewStatesman Mon 19-Oct-15 03:36:04

I just don't like the sound of it--"Sibble." Like "wibble" and "quibble."

How about some variant on Cecily?

CakeRattleandRoll Mon 19-Oct-15 04:55:25

I'm of the generation that would automatically think Fawlty Towers.

smartyclogs Mon 19-Oct-15 09:05:43

I really don't like it.
Old lady, blue rinse, curly tight perm.
I know all these old lady names are in vogue right now and I personally don't like the majority of them. Sybil is particulary awful.

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