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Gender: M Meaning of Sylvester: "wood, forest" Origin of Sylvester: Latin

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This name of three early popes has been associated in recent years with a cocky cartoon cat ("Thufferin' thuccatash!") and the Italian Stallion hero of the Rocky and Rambo movies (who was born Michael)--and yet we think it just might be ready to move further back into the mainstream.

Sylvester was at its height in the 1920s, when it was in the Top 200, and hung on in the lower rungs of the ladder until 1994. Lately the name has been most visible as a surname--that of Sue Sylvester on Glee.

Trivia tidbit--in the 1935 movie Sylvia Scarlett, the young Katharine Hepburn disguises herself as a boy named Sylvester--until she meets Cary Grant!

Famous People Named Sylvester

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (American actor)
Sylvester Samuels, American rapper
Robert Sylvester Kelly, American R&B singer
Sylvester McCoy, Scottish actor best known as the seventh Doctor
Sylvester Churchill, Civil War General

Pop Culture References for the Name Sylvester

Sylvester (Looney Tunes cartoon character)
Sylvester Marcus, a character in the movie It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Sylvester "Slice" Walters, from TV series "Raising the Bar"
Sylvestre Munsey, character from MK Robinson Novel "The Absolutely True Story of Exactly What Might Have Happened to Sylvestre Munsey"

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Sylvester's International Variations

Silvester (French) Silvestro (Italian) Sylwester (Polish) Sivestro, Silvestre, Silvestio (Spanish)