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July 9th, 2009, 05:55 PM
justjaQ's Avatar Platinum Super Mommy
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when i mentioned the name Sylvia to my mother, she got kind of quiet, as if she didn't care for it, and then told me that it sounded very old-fashioned.
really?? i know it is more common in europe than the U.S., which is a small part of the appeal (the big part: it rolls off the tongue in the most lovely, beautiful way! )... but i would never have thought of it as old-fashioned.

what do you ladies think? i'm super-super-picky about names, and i'll use one that i like whether it's old or new, and no matter what anyone else thinks, including my mother~ but she just kind of puzzled me there, lol.

ALSO: it's important to me that my baby does NOT have a name that is particularly common for a girl (boys are trickier... may use my step-dad's middle name with my dad's first) of her generation. i chose my daughter, melissa's name, in 2006, knowing that it had passed it's prime. not too many 3-year-old Missys, these days. Though I did run into a young lady in the grocery store a couple months ago, who I overheard calling her toddler "Melissa". hehe. I had to talk to her~ she said the child was named after her sister, which sounds about right.

so, ANYway... does anyone know of any youngsters named Sylvia?
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timothy michael, august 31, 2003, 12:02pm, 8 lb. 4 oz., 21"- 38 wks.
melissa may, april 7, 2006, 1:31pm, 7 lb. 10.5 oz., 19.5"- 36.5 wks
nicholas michael, january 31, 2010, 5:12pm, 5 lb. 11 oz., 18.25"- 37.1 wks
damon michael, january 21, 2012, 1:31am, 6 lb. 14 oz., 20", 38 wks
rainbow baby left me at 6-1/2 weeks on 09.08.12~ never forgotten, sweet child

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July 9th, 2009, 06:06 PM
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My sister's ex-MIL and SIL are both named Sylvia (the younger after the older obviously), but they're the only ones I know.
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July 9th, 2009, 06:16 PM
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I know two women in their 60s and a woman in her 40s (the daughter of one of the older women) but no kids with that name
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July 9th, 2009, 07:03 PM
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dont know any youngin's named Sylvia.. but i know quite a few Sylvias who are my age + a older.. every single one of them is Mexican

i dont like the name at all TBH lol (sorry!).. it just comes off to me as a mexican.. but like i siad, ive never known any other with this name who isnt mexican
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July 9th, 2009, 08:46 PM
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I only have known older women with the name Sylvia.

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July 9th, 2009, 10:25 PM
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my sister's name is Sylvia, I like it. its not as old fashioned as other names!

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July 9th, 2009, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Miracle View Post
I only have known older women with the name Sylvia.
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July 10th, 2009, 11:55 PM
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The popularity of names typically go in 4-generation cycles. So, our great-grandparents names sound cool to us (and are popular again right now), but to our parents those names sound "old" just like names that are popular during our grandparents generation sound "old" to us. So, do not be surprised if your mom does not like some of the names you like if they have been popular in the late-1800's/early-1900's.

For example, Dh and I love Lily but both of my parents have told us, it's an "old lady's" name (because Lillian - nn Lily, was popular in their grandparents generation). They don't seem to understand that it's quite popular among 0-5 year olds right now.

I think Sylvia is a nice alternative to the similiar but more popular Sophia. If Sophia, Lillian, Emma, Hannah, Sadie, Lucy, etc... can make such a comeback, why not Sylvia?
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