How popular is the baby name Silvia in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Silvia and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Silvia.
A reader named Debra would like some help naming baby número três:
We are just not finding THE name. I’m American, husband is Portuguese and we live in the states. We have two boys; Diogo and Cruz. I am due any day with #3 a GIRL. We definitely want a Portuguese name.
Our criteria…the name needs to be relatively easy for Americans to pronounce. Don’t want a name in the top 100 in the states. I prefer names that aren’t automatically shortened to nn – Debra to Debbie, Kimberly to Kim. I don’t usually care for names that end with the “e” sound, ex. Zoe. The name should be beautiful and sophisticated, more than cute.
I really like Sofia and Isabel, but they are just too popular in the U.S. right now. Other names we like are Beatriz (too hard to properly pronounce in US?), and Mara.
Please help us. I’d love to have a name before she is born! I’m 38 weeks today!
I think Mara would be a great choice, based on the criteria. Here are some other names that might also work:
Sílvia (good alternative to Sofia?)
Do you like any of the above for the baby sister of Diogo and Cruz? What other (preferably Portuguese) names would you suggest to Debra?
Names I’ve heard in song in the last few weeks:
- Alejandro, Fernando and Roberto in “Alejandro” (audio) by Lady Gaga.
- Isaiah, Charlotte, Dawn and Myfanwy in “The Rake’s Song” (video) by The Decemberists.
- Lavinia in “Lavinia” (video) by The Veils.
- Silvia in “Silvia” (video) by Miike Snow.
“The Rake’s Song” is notable because all of those names actually refer to babies. Despite the babies, it’s a dark little song. I think the lyricist must have read a lot of Edward Gorey as a kid.
Have you discovered any songs that feature names recently?
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?
I haven’t posted any updates in, oh…4 months. Yeah, I’m a bit behind on that.
From way back in October: I know Carin picked Annika and Martha selected Olivia Mae, but I haven’t heard from Rachel.
From November: Alexis chose Makena Leigh, Mercedes picked Brooklyn, Emily decided on Lauren, Steff did indeed go with Genevieve, and Pamela settled on Elliott Samuel. Not sure about Char.
From December: Debra decided on Silvia Raine and Lauren went with Hannah Reilly. I haven’t heard from Lucas or Dacia.
From January: Jackie had a boy (not a girl!) named Lane Michael, Amy chose Alice Elisabeth, Rebecca picked Eva Grace, Jaime decided on Carlo Andrew, and Jamie stuck with Declan James. Zoe‘s adoption has not been finalized yet, so she still has time to decide (but she’ll let us know when she does). No word from Jill.
A reader named Debra wrote to me a few days ago about her situation:
I’ve loved the names Sophia and Olivia for about 10 years, but now as I am about to have my own baby girl, these names are very popular. I’m looking for girl names that are old fashioned, a tad unusual, and don’t clash with our names, Nathan and Debra. So far Silvia/Silvie is my front runner but my husband is not in love with it. I’d love suggestions.
Many expectant parents seem to be in the same boat regarding names like Sophia and Olivia (…and Isabella, and Hannah, and so on).
Luckily, there are plenty of other old-fashioned names out there. For instance, none of the following are super-popular on a national level right now (though a few, like Valeria and Lydia, do have the potential to become popular in the next few years):
I’d intended to exclude all D- and N-names (for a distinct first initial)…but Dorothy I kept. I like how it both begins with a D (as Debra does) and includes a Th (as Nathan does). A cute way to pay tribute to Mom and Dad, maybe?
Let me know what other names you would suggest!
Update: The baby is here! Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Debra chose.
Wish the the top 20 names had a more Elizabethan ring to them? Well, wish no more!
I did my best to match each of the most popular baby girl names with similar-sounding names from Shakespeare:
Emilia, Othello; Winter’s Tale; Two Noble Kinsmen
Aemelia, Comedy of Errors
Hermione, Winter’s Tale
Isabella, Measure for Measure
Dionyza, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Ursula, Much Ado About Nothing
Anne, Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry VIII; Richard III
Viola, Twelfth Night
Miranda, The Tempest
Rosaline, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Romeo and Juliet
Regan, King Lear
Phebe, As You Like It
Bianca, Othello; Taming of the Shrew
Julia, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Olivia, Twelfth Night
Octavia, Antony and Cleopatra
Lavinia, Titus Andronicus
Agrippa, Antony and Cleopatra; Coriolanus
Margaret, Much Ado About Nothing
Helena, All’s Well That Ends Well; Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hermia, Midsummer Night’s Dream
Helen, Troilus and Cressida; Cymbeline
Elizabeth, Henry VI; Richard III
Eleanor, Henry VI; King John
Adriana, Comedy of Errors
Diana, All’s Well That Ends Well; Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Rosalind, As You Like It
Tamora, Titus Andronicus
Katherina, Taming of the Shrew
Paulina, Winter’s Tale
Audrey, As You Like It
Portia, Merchant of Venice; Julius Caesar
Luciana, Comedy of Errors
Nerissa, Merchant of Venice
Jessica, Merchant of Venice
Cressida, Troilus and Cressida
Maria, Twelfth Night; Love’s Labor’s Lost
Marina, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Mariana, All’s Well That Ends Well; Measure for Measure
Hero, Much Ado About Nothing
Cordelia, King Lear
Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra
Nell, Henry IV; Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor
Juliet, Romeo and Juliet
Perdita, Winter’s Tale
Lucetta, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Silvia, Two Gentlemen of Verona
Celia, As You Like It
Alice, Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor
Thaisa, Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
Blanche, King John
These are by no means equivalents, of course. Some of my “matches” don’t match at all. But I did as well as I could using about three-quarters of all the female characters mentioned by Shakespeare.
And, if you were curious about the names Dionyza and Thaisa, as I was, they seem to be based on Dionysus and Thaïs.
Today on Blog Action Day, thousands of bloggers from all over the world will be writing about environmental issues.
You may be wondering: How can baby names be linked to the environment?
Well, people name their children after family members (e.g. Uncle Joe), religious figures (St. Patrick), places (London), concepts (Hope)… things that matter to them, things they deem important enough to honor.
If you feel strongly about a certain environmental issue, why not do the same thing? There’s surely a baby name out there with a connection to that issue.
For instance, here are two environmental issues I’m personally concerned about and some baby names that remind me of them:
- The sea ice that polar bears depend on is melting due to global climate change. Because of this habitat loss, polar bears may soon soon be considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Baby names that have to do with bears or ice include Bernard, Bjorn, Crystal, Dov, Orson, Osborn and Ursula.
- Deforestation is occurring globally at an unprecedented rate. The loss of forests adversely affects biodiversity, wildlife, geography and climate. Baby names that have to do with forests or trees include Aspen, Forrest, Holly, Laurel, Linden, Silvester, Silvia, Tamar and Willow.
If you’re worried about the impact that dams have on the environment, you could think about River or Rio. If you feel it’s imperative that we protect the Great Barrier Reef, you could consider Coral or Coralie. If your pet cause is ozone depletion, try Sky; if it’s overfishing, maybe Ocean.
What issues mean the most to you? Leave me a comment and I’ll come up with a few related baby names…