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National Silvia Day – April 12, 2023

National Silvia Day is celebrated on April 12 every year. We are dedicating this day to honoring all of Silvia and their great contributions to the world. Silvia is a common name that has been in use for some time now. But do you know that its origin can be traced to Latin and is connected to the forest? Between 1932 and 1948, Silvia was among the top 100 names. Today, we are going to list some of the most important Silvias from history. We will also look into some facts about the name.

History of National Silvia Day

Do you know anyone named Silvia? Chances are that you probably know, especially if you know people born between 1932 and 1948. That was a time when the name Silvia was very popular. The popularity of the name has gradually reduced over time, but it is still live. Sylvia has been consistently on the popularity list since records started being kept. She was a Top 100 name from 1932 to 1948, reaching a high of Number 48 in 1932. Presently, there are more than 17,000 census records available for the name Sylvia from the U.S. census records. We also have 2,000 immigration and 4,000 military records available for the name Silvia throughout history.

The meaning of the name is usually associated with the spirit of the wood and the mythical forest king of Silvanus. Silvanus was a Roman deity of forests and uncultivated land while Silvia was identified as the goddess of the forest. There was also one Silvia behind the mythical formation of the Roman empire. Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus, who founded the Roman city. Silvia is predominantly a female name, with a male equivalent Silvio.

There has been an increase in the number of Silvias throughout the years. The Silvia family was present in the U.S., the U.K., Scotland, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The Silvia family then expanded throughout the U.S. The “Two Gentlemen of Verona”, written by Shakespeare, increased the popularity of the name.

National Silvia Day timeline

515 A.D.
The Birth of Saint Silvia

Saint Silvia, the mother of Saint Gregory the Great, is born.

1943
The Birth of a Future Queen

Silvia Renate Sommerlath — the current queen of Sweden — is born in Heidelberg, Germany, as the only daughter of Alice and Walther Sommerlath.

1976
The Coronation of a Queen

Silvia Renate Sommerlath gets married to King Carl XVI Gustaf and gets the title of Queen of Sweden.

2009
Silvia, The Mathematician

Silvia Heubach, a German-American mathematician, co-authors and publishes the book “Combinatorics of Compositions and Words.”

National Silvia Day FAQs

How common is the last name Silvia?

The name Silvia is borne by approximately one in 250,681 people which makes it rather common.

What does Silva mean?

The word is found in the Latin language to mean a forest or woodland.

Who is the most popular Silvia?

That would be Queen Silvia of Sweden who has held the title since 1976.

National Silvia Day Activities

  1. Look out for a Silvia

    Do you know anyone named Silvia? If not, it is time to meet one. If you already know them, spend a day with them on National Silvia Day.

  2. Meet for a dinner

    If you know Silvia, why not meet with her for dinner? Invite her family too and let them know the importance of the day.

  3. Arrange a party for all the Silvias

    Throw a party for all the Silvias. Publish an online invitation through your social networks for all the Silvias in your locality.

5 Intriguing Facts About Silvia

  1. Silvia through Shakespeare

    Shakespeare introduced the name Silvia to England.

  2. Sylvie is its variant

    One out of every 5,046 girls born in 2020 is named Sylvie.

  3. 1880 to present day

    There are more than 300,000 Silvias born between 1880 and today.

  4. Brazil the Silvia country

    Brazil has the highest number of girls with the name Silvia.

  5. Female domination

    Only 0.23% of Silvia name holders are boys.

Why We Love National Silvia Day

  1. We learn something new

    Silvia is a very old name. Learn all the myths and folklore behind the name Silvia.

  2. We can meet someone new

    This is the perfect day to meet Silvia. Try to make a new friend named Silvia. Let them know about the day and the importance of their name.

  3. We look into the historical origin of the name

    A day for Silvia means a day to understand the origin of the name. We love to make people curious and help them learn new things every day.

National Silvia Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 12Wednesday
2024April 12Friday
2025April 12Saturday
2026April 12Sunday
2027April 12Monday

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