Meaning and name origin
Sylvester \s(y)-lves-ter, syl-ve-ster\ as a boy's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Sylvester: Silvestra.
Sylvester is a very popular first name for males (#396 out of 1220, Top 32%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1537 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sylvester for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Sylvester and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Vester and Sylvester. (2014 statistics).