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Sibyl / Sybil

(34 Posts)
17caterpillars1mouse Tue 26-Sep-17 19:46:19

What are your thoughts on Sibyl / Sybil for a girl. Unsure which spelling I prefer but only Sybil features on the ONS

SumAndSubstance Tue 26-Sep-17 19:54:02

Sybil is the more normal spelling for the name, I think. The Cumaean Sibyl was Aeneas' guide in the Underworld - 'Sibyl' means priestess.
The name does make me think instantly of Sybil Fawlty, but that's not the end of the world... I do quite like the sound of it. I'd be tempted by the Classical spelling, but she might find herself correcting it.

Charliedeservesamedal Tue 26-Sep-17 20:00:02

I like it❤️

7ways Tue 26-Sep-17 20:02:18

I thought it was spelt Cybil?

ElizaDontlittle Tue 26-Sep-17 20:04:57

I think Fawlty Towers and The Worst Witch books have ruined it for me. I've never known one in real life to counterbalance it. Sorry OP.

Chaffinch4 Tue 26-Sep-17 20:06:50

I like it. Spelt Sybil. DH vetoed because he could only hear Basil Fawley shouting it!

PosiePootlePerkins Tue 26-Sep-17 20:07:13

My girl cat is called Sybil, and my boy cat is Basilgrin


Chaffinch4 Tue 26-Sep-17 20:07:45

Fawlty. Stupid spell check.

Mightybanhammer Tue 26-Sep-17 20:42:06

Make sure she always speaks quietly.
That was the FT joke...

Redpramlady Tue 26-Sep-17 21:13:25

I was given this name in 'Victorian week' as a kid at school (a week of living like the Victorian times in primary school)
I was so jealous that my friend was given the name Sadie 😂👍

Dustbunny1900 Tue 26-Sep-17 21:14:17

Ive always loved it, very old fashioned 1920s right? And with mysterious undertones
Plus it's cute. Short and sweet

Liadain Tue 26-Sep-17 21:15:18

Sybil (or is her spelling Sibyl?) in Downton Abbey redeemed it for me a little. I do think it's an awful heavy, clunky and ugly sounding name though.

HainaultViaNewburyPark Tue 26-Sep-17 21:18:56

I don't mind it if it is spelt Sybil.

I think of it in the same bracket as Cynthia, Enid, Phyllis, Sylvia and Valerie.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 26-Sep-17 21:29:34

I think its cute.

I take it you're a Fawlty Towers fan, Posie

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 26-Sep-17 21:30:42

Sybil is the better spelling. Sibyl doesn't look right

PinkFlamingo888 Tue 26-Sep-17 21:31:24

I loved Sybil after hearing it on Downton Abbey! Never seen the Sibyl spelling before though

Buntysoven Tue 26-Sep-17 22:49:32

I read a book as a teen about someone with multiple personalities called Sybil. It was so sad it took the shine off the name for me but I get why it's attractive

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 26-Sep-17 22:51:59

Sybil Dorset.
Have you seen the movie. Its shocking. What that women did to that poor little girl.

JanuaryJuniper Tue 26-Sep-17 23:08:40

Really love it and would have used it if this bump had been a dd! Prefer Sybil spelling.

TansyVioletta Tue 26-Sep-17 23:15:49

Oh yes, the film called Sybil about the abused girl.

KatherinaMinola Tue 26-Sep-17 23:17:00

Great name. Sibyl is the more "correct" spelling (the ancient one). I think the other spelling is derived as a simple inversion.

I like the meaning too - oracle, priestess.

BackforGood Tue 26-Sep-17 23:27:21

Sybil would be the spelling for me - the other way looks odd.
I would never use it myself as it would be "Basil Fawlty" 'd all the time.

However, it is a really old fashioned name so it is no doubt due for a revival along with the Maisies, Ivys, Irises, Evies etc.

Sophronia Tue 26-Sep-17 23:45:10

I like the Sibyl spelling, but I’m in the minority.

TynesideBlonde Wed 27-Sep-17 07:04:53

Love it! There's a girl in my my DS's class called Sybil and she is very cool.

Lemondrop99 Wed 27-Sep-17 23:41:48

Not very keen on the name personally, however the spelling I'd use is definitely Sybil

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