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

The name Sylvester is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "wood, forest". Sylvester and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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!

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Famous People Named Sylvester

Sylvester I-III, popes
(Michael) 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
Sylvester Stallone, American actor, director and producer

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

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


Leah_ Says:


I like this name!

Plutophelia Says:


What anout Sylvie as a nickname? Or Siv or Silv or Ves

cyoung325 Says:


I feel like you described this name perfectly! I especially like the nickname Sly and could easily see it on a child. I really wish I could use this name one day but every time I mention it people scoff at it and mention the Looney Toons. Like you, I'll just keep hanging on to it for a later son in case I can sway DH's opinion!

jess181 Says:


I love this name - the silvery sound, the energy, and the mischievous feel. The only reason why it's not first on my list is because of the lack of good nicknames. However if I have two sons, the second will probably be Sylvester.

mabespark Says:


NMS, but it's very unique, and I like the meaning.