I'm just looking for general thoughts on Sylvia, or even Sylvie.
I know that Sylvia probably seems a little dusty to some, but I think it's usable. Heck, in 1985, the year Golden Girls began, Sophia was ranked 236, and was given to eldest character, and now it's in the top 5. I'm not saying that Sylvia is the new Sophia, but I am saying that the qualities I like in Sophia are the same I like in Sylvia, except I like Sylvia more.
And what about Sylvie? Is Sylvie fresher? Or is it better as a nickname for Sylvia?
Also, do you prefer the spelling Sylvia or Silvia?
According to BehindTheName, Sylvia is a variant of Silvia, which is the feminine form of Silvius, but that Sylvia has been the most common spelling in English since the 19th century.
That definitely seems to be true in America since, according to the SSA, Silvia hasn't even been in the top 1000 since 2995, and even then it was 990.
Sylvia was 493 in 2014.