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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): the name is associated with a cartoon cat in modern times. Seldom used as a given name for boys.


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 (#9630 out of 88799, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)

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