What does Sylvester mean?
Sylvester \s(y)-lves-ter, syl-ve-ster\ as a boys' name is pronounced sil-VEST-ter. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Sylvester is "of the woods". The name is associated with a cartoon cat in modern times. Silvestre is a French form. See also Silvanus. Actor Sylvester Stallone; rock singer Sylvester "Sly" Stone.
For more information, see also the related boy name Vester.
Sylvester has 1 feminine form: Silvestra.
Sylvester is a very prominent first name for males (#396 out of 1220, Top 32%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1537 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Sylvester for boys. Sylvester reached its peak position of #153 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Sylvester and related names. Silvio and Vester are the prominent related forms of Sylvester appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 and have become significantly less widespread since, with the versions Silvio, Sylvester and Vester becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)