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What does Sylvester mean?

Sylvester Pronunciation of Sylvester 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH -ster, woods (tree), cat (lion), modern


VARIANTS Silvester, Silvestre, Sly





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How popular is Sylvester?

Sylvester is a very prominent first name for males (#396 out of 1220, Top 32%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1784 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Sylvester reached its peak position of #150 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is presently at #1983. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Silvester, Silvestre and Vester are the prominent related forms of Sylvester (#1983 VIA LATEST LIST) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Sylvester were at the top of their popularity in the 1900s (MEDIAN #1061) and have become significantly less widespread since, with the version Sylvester becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylvester, Silvester, Silvestre, Vester in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Alaister, Alaster, Aleister, Alester, Alister, Allaster, Allister, Allyster, Alyster, Belveder (see Belvedere), Chester, Fester, Forester, Forrester, Hollister, Kester, Lancester, Lankester (see Lancaster), Leicester, Lester, Nester, Rochester, Salvator, Silver, Silverton, Silvestro, Slater and Sylver. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sylvester.

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