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What does Sly mean?

Sly /sly/ as a name for boys is of Latin derivation, and the name Sly means "of the woods". Sly is a variant form of Sylvester (Latin).

Associated with: woods (tree)


Kreatif forms:
(male) Sily, Sny, ..

(female) Sli, Slyna, ..

How popular is Sly?

Sly is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#9325 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

The only popular variation form of Sly (unlisted) ranked in the Top 2000 is Sylvester (#1927 in recent rankings). Adoption of this relation of Sly reached its highest a century ago (#150) and is now significantly diminished, with Sylvester going out of style. Below is a graphed comparison of the history of the boy name Sly and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylvester in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sly and related baby names outside U.S.

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Recommended names are Aly, Bly, Ely and Sky. Like Sly, these names are not frequently used.