(f) A feminine form of the Latin name Silvanus,
borne by the god of woods and forests (Latin silva, ‘wood’).
Silvanus has been used in Scotland on occasions, sometimes spelt
is a variant of the name, and Sylvester is connected etymologically.
Shakespeare asked the famous poetic question: ‘Who is Silvia?’
and many other pastoral poems of the seventeenth century include
wrote of Damon and Sylvia. Sylvia was reasonably well used in
Scotland from 1950-60, but it now seems to be out of fashion.
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