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What does Sylvan mean?

Sylvan Pronunciation of Sylvan [syl-van] as a boys' name is of Latin origin. Sylvan is a version of Silas (Latin): short variant of Silvanus.


Sylvan has 2 variants: Silvan and Silvaon.

4 more related forms via Silas: Silvano, Silvanus, Silvio and Sylas.

Creative forms:
(male) Sylhan, Sylven, ..

(female) Sylan, Sylman, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sylvan Esteban (S.E.), ..

How popular is Sylvan?

Sylvan is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#41657 out of 150436, Top 28%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Sylvan reached its highest position of #670 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylvan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sylvan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Silas (#129 a year ago), Sylas (#613) and Silvio are the prominent variation forms of Sylvan rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Silvan, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Sylvan was at its apex 2 years ago (median #1159) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1185, 9%). Silas is the longstanding favorite, though Sylas has become trendy as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylvan, Silas, Silvio, Sylas in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sylvan is alike in pronunciation to Salvian and Silvain. Other recommended names are Ailean, Alvan, Beavan, Bevan, Calan, Delavan, Delman, Dylan, Dyllan, Eilean, Elian, Elkan, Elman, Felan, Filian, Fillan, Galvan, Gavan, Gilean, Gilian, Gillan, Girvan, Holman, Hyman, Jalan, Javan, Jaylan, Jevvan, Jivan, Jovan, Julian, Kelan, Kelvan, Kilean, Kilian, Kylan, Mellan, Nevan, Rylan, Sagan, Sajan, Salman, Salmon, Salton, Salviano (see Salvio), Salvino, Salvio, Savin, Seaman, Selden, Shan, Shoval, Silvino, Slavin, Sleven, Sloan, Soloman, Stevan, Steven, Stevon, Sullavan (see Sullivan), Sullevan, Sullivan, Sylvanus, Sylver, Sylvio, Tallan, Tevan, Tilman, Trevan, Tynan, Vyvian and Wylan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Sylvan.