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This is the page for Sybil "Sybbie" Branson, daughter of Tom Branson and Lady Sybil. For her mother, see Sybil Branson.

Miss Sybil Branson
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Biographical information
Born Late May 1920 (age 5)
Residence Downton Abbey, Downton, Yorkshire, England
Boston, Massachusetts (formerly)
Title(s) Sybbie (by her family)
Miss Sybbie Branson
Miss Sybil Branson
Miss Sybbie
Miss Sybil (by Edna Braithwaite)
Darling (by her father)
Bairn (by Mrs Hughes)
Miss Sybbie (by Nanny West)
Wicked little cross-breed (by Nanny West)
Physical information
Gender Female
Height Small
Hair colour Brown
Eye colour Blue
Family information
Immediate Tom Branson (father)
Sybil Branson (mother) †
Extended
Cora Crawley (maternal grandmother)
Robert Crawley (maternal grandfather)
Mrs Branson (paternal grandmother)
Mr Branson (paternal grandfather)
Kieran Branson (paternal uncle/godfather)
Mary Talbot (maternal aunt/godmother)
Edith Pelham (maternal aunt)
Henry Talbot (maternal marital uncle)
Matthew Crawley (maternal marital uncle/fourth cousin once-removed) †
Herbert Pelham (maternal marital uncle)
George Crawley (maternal first cousin)
Marigold (maternal first cousin)
Isobel Grey (maternal marital grandaunt)
Richard Grey (maternal marital step-granduncle)
Rosamund Painswick (maternal grandaunt)
Marmaduke Painswick (maternal marital granduncle) †
Harold Levinson (maternal granduncle)
Martha Levinson (maternal great-grandmother)
Isidore Levinson (maternal great-grandfather) †
Violet Crawley (maternal great-grandmother)
Patrick Crawley (maternal great-grandfather) †
Tom Branson's cousin (paternal first cousin once-removed) †
Affiliation
Loyalty Tom Branson
Crawley family
George Crawley
Marigold
Behind the scenes
Portrayed by Ava Mann (Series 4)
Fifi Hart (Series 5-Series 6)
"She seems quite a tough little thing."
—Sybil's great-grandmother describes her to Dr Clarkson.[src]
Miss Sybil "Sybbie" Branson (b. Late May[1] 1920): is the daughter and only child of Tom Branson and his late wife, Sybil, for whom she is named. She is the eldest grandchild of Robert and Cora Crawley, and therefore the eldest great-grandchild of Martha Levinson and Violet Crawley. Sybbie has two aunts, Mary Talbot and Edith Pelham, and two uncles, the late Matthew Crawley and Kieran Branson. George Crawley and Marigold are her cousins through Mary and Edith respectively.

BiographyEdit

Personality Edit

Although Sybil is very young, she does have a few characteristics that have shown throughout her appearances. In Series 3, Sybil seems to be a relatively calm baby, smiling and cooing when her Aunt Mary and Uncle Matthew come to see her and her father. She seems to enjoy the company of others, especially when her aunt cradles her during the annual cricket match and when she immediately stops crying after Carson picks her up. She also shows signs of curiosity when she points at the servants while they pack for Scotland. Series 4 has Sybil at two-years old and still seems relatively quiet (except in the presence of Nanny West without other adults around; then she won't stop crying), and a bit shy. In Series 5, as she has grown more; she talks more as well, proving herself to be very cheerful, playful, energetic, precocious, curious, and polite.

Quotes Edit

Series 5 Edit

"Goodbye, donk."
—Sybbie to her maternal grandfather, Robert Crawley[src]
"It's beautiful, Daddy!"
—Sybbie to Tom Branson about the Christmas Tree[src]

Series 6 Edit

"Is Granny Violet a red Indian?"
—Sybbie to her maternal grandparents[src]
George: "No! I'm working!"
Sybbie: "Me, too!"
George Crawley to his stepfather and Sybbie to her father while working in the agent's shop[src]

GalleryEdit

  • A newborn Sybbie; minutes after her birth in late May, 1920.
  • Newborn Sybbie with her mother and father.
  • Tom holding baby Sybbie after her mother's sudden death.
  • Tom again holding baby Sybbie not long after Sybil's death.
  • Mary and Matthew bonding with their niece
  • Sybbie's late mother and her namesake, Lady Sybil Crawley Branson
  • The family with baby Sybbie after her christening as a Catholic.
  • A nervous Robert and Violet with the priest who christened Sybbie.
  • Baby Sybbie (age 1) with her father, Tom, holding her.
  • Tom Spending time with Sybbie in the dining room.
  • Sybbie (age 1) with Mr Carson.
  • Sybbie being comforted by Mr. Carson after she woke up crying.
  • One-year-old Sybbie in the library with Mr. Carson.
  • Baby Sybbie in Carson's arms.
  • Sybbie with her father, her aunt Mary, and her six-month-old first cousin George.
  • Sybbie age 2 with her father.
  • Sybbie Patricia Branson, age 2.
  • Tom playing with two-year-old Sybbie in the nursery.
  • Sybbie with her father, aunt, and cousin George in the nursery.
  • Sybbie (age 4) with her father
  • A compassionate Sybbie (age 4) and Robert comforting Isis as she is slowly dying of cancer.

NotesEdit

  • Sybbie is the first grandchild of Robert and Cora who has had one parent die shortly after her birth; the second was her cousin George. Her late mother, after whom she is named, had tragically died from eclampsia.
  • So far, Sybbie is the only one of her generation in the Crawley family born inside Downton Abbey, George having been born in the village's hospital and Marigold in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • She is one of the three Downton grandchildren who speak more often in the show.
  • Since Sybbie was named after her mother, it is possible she shares the same middle name as her mother, which was identified as Cora, but this has never been confirmed. One of those sources is on her mother's grave, shown in series 3, whereby it says, "in memory of Lady Sybil Cora Crawley, daughter of the 5th Earl of Grantham."
  • Sybil is addressed as "Miss", and not just to differ her from her mother. As the child of a Lady or Lord, the child's style is "Mister" or "Miss". Although Sybil's cousin is often referred to as "Master George" (as he is the heir to the earldom and the Downton estate), his correct title would be "Mister George Crawley".
  • Her maternal grandmother, Cora, was the first in the family to call her "Sybbie". 
  • At one point in Series 5, her hair was black like her late mother's but later changed to brown to match her father's hair color.  

Trivia Edit

  • Branson Son
    As seen by this picture, Radio Times incorrectly reported that the child was a boy.

Etymology Edit

Sybil and Sibyl are variations of given names deriving from the Greek term "sibyls", the oracular seeresses of the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean. Sybil was the Delphic Sybil, who prophesied in the shrine of the god Apollo at Delphi. Sybil as a girl's name is pronounced SIH-bul. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Sybil is "prophetess, oracle. Sybil has 12 variant forms: Sybill, Sibyl, Sibylla, Sybel, Sybella, Sybelle, Sybilla, Sybille, Sibell, and Sibilla, Cybil, and Cybill. The name "Cybele" (pronounced with three syllables as ˈsɪbɨliː) is not truly a variant, being instead a different name with a different meaning. Cybele was the Phrygian mother goddess whose cult spread throughout the ancient world; that name derives from a word meaning "mountain", and comes from a phrase meaning "mountain mother". [5]

AppearancesEdit

Appearances and Mentions
   
Series 2 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 Christmas Special
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Series 3 Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5
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Episode 6
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Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Christmas Special
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Series 4 Episode 1
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Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5
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Episode 6
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Episode 7 Episode 8
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Christmas Special
   
Series 5 Episode 1
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Episode 2
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Episode 3
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Episode 4
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Episode 5 Episode 6
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Episode 7
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Episode 8
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Christmas Special
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Series 6 Episode 1
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Episode 2 Episode 3
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Episode 4
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Episode 5
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Episode 6
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Episode 7 Episode 8
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Christmas Special
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External Links Edit

  1. Introducing Fifi Hart at A & J Management
  2. Downton Abbey The Crawley Family at TV Tropes

References Edit

  1. Mary and Matthew's honeymoon is a month long and in "Spring 1920". April 1920 is the first month after Spring ends. With that knowledge, and the knowledge that Edith and Anthony's failed wedding is ready (in Edith's words; "in a month), we can place baby Sybil's birth in late May at the latest; with Sybil's birthday being in Early June, this is the latest date she could have died as Robert states she was "twenty four years old" when she died; she would be twenty five if her daughter was born any later.
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine Preeclampsia
  3. Note: The associated scene appears in Episode 4.04 on PBS, but does not appear in Episode 4.05 as first broadcast on ITV.
  4. Pooh sticks
  5. Sybil name meaning from thinkbabtnames.com

Start a Discussion Discussions about Miss Sybil Branson

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    • Now that it looks like Anna and Bates are going to have a child too, this time they had better break the show's childbirth curse. Th...
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