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What does Sly mean?

Sly \s-ly\ as a name for boys is of Latin derivation, and the name Sly means "of the woods". Sly is a variant of Sylvester (Latin).


Sly has 2 alternative forms via Sylvester: Silvester and Silvestre.


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)

The only popular variation form of Sly (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 is Sylvester. Adoption of these boy names reached its highest during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.847%) and is now significantly less, with Sylvester becoming less in vogue. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Sly and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sylvester in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Aly, Bly, Ely, Sal, Seely, Sela, Sill, Sky, Sol and Sully. These names tend to be more frequently used than Sly.