Silvia is an Italian female given name of Latin origin, with English-language cognate Sylvia. The name originates from the Latin word for forest Silva and its meaning is spirit of the wood. The God of the forest was associated with the figure of Silvanus.
In Roman mythology, Silvia is the goddess of the forest and the moon, the sister of Romei, who is greatly trusted as her husband. Silvia is also the name of one of the female innamorati of the commedia dell'arte and is a character of the Aminta written by Torquato Tasso.
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Famous quotes containing the word silvia:
“Then to Silvia let us sing
That Silvia is excelling.
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)