Name: Sylvia

Origin and Meaning of the Name Sylvia

  • Meaning:
    Wooded; forest
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    (SIL vee ah)
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Miscellaneous Info for Sylvia

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    English speaking countries
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    Sylvia is an alternate form of Silvia, though it is now more popular than the original in English-speaking contexts.

    Sylvia Plath was an American poet and novelist, famous for works such as 'The Bell Jar'. She was married to English poet Ted Hughes. She committed suicide in 1963.

    Sylvia is the genus name of the typical warbler birds.

    Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst is another bearer of this name. Her mother, Emmeline, was the leader of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), which was concerned with gaining the vote for women. Following the success of the suffragettes and suffragists in gaining the vote following World War One, she formed the various leftist and communist parties.

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