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

Sylvester Origin and Meaning

The name Sylvester is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "wood, forest".

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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Sylvester's International Variations

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


Renee5322 Says:


"A puddy tat! I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"
Also, for some reason I called my dad this as a joke when I was like 12.

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.