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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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What's in a Name?

Hullo, all!  Long time no see.  :]  How was your weekend?  Can you believe Summer is nearly here??
I've two ladies names for you today!  Enjoy.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Biblical, Hebrew
Pronunciation:  EE-dǝn (English)

Meaning & History
Means "place of pleasure" or "delight" in Hebrew.  This was the name of the Garden in the Old Testament that God created as a haven where the first man and woman, Adam & Eve, lived before they were expelled.

Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, German
Pronunciation:  SIL-vee-ǝ (English), SUYL-vee-ah (Finnish)

Meaning & History
Variant of Silvia, the feminine form of Silvius, which is derived from the Latin silva meaning "wood, forest."  This spelling became the most common after the 19th century.  

Names & meanings via and
All the Names in the Bible by Thomas Nelson.
Photos via Pinterest.


  1. I didn't know Sylvia meant forest. That's cool, and it ties in with the name Eden (in a way)!

  2. Oh, how awesome! I didn't even realize :D


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