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

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 I-III, popes
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, American actor, writer and director
Sylvester Samuels aka Lil Ru, American rapper
Sylvester McCoy (born Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith), Scottish actor
Sylvester Churchill, U.S. Civil War general
Sylvester Lefort (born Thomas La Ruffa), French pro wrestler
Sylvester Croom, American NFL football player and coach
Sylvester Groth, German actor
Robert Sylvester "R." Kelly, American R&B singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Sylvester

Sylvester the Cat, Looney Tunes character
Sylvester Marcus, character in movie "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World"
Sylvester "Slice" Walters, character on TV's "Raising the Bar"
Sylvestre Munsey, character from MK Robinson's "The Absolutely True Story of Exactly What Might Have Happened to Sylvestre Munsey"
Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, character in "Sylvester" by Georgette Heyer
Sylvester Pemberton aka The Star-Spangled Kid or Skyman, DC Comics superhero
Sylvester, donkey in children's book "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble" by William Steig
Sue Sylvester, character on TV's "Glee"
Sylvester, character in rap opera "Trapped In The Closet"
Sylvester, character on TV show "Scorpion"


Sylvester's International Variations

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

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