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Boy Name: Sylvester

Name: Sylvester
Pronunciation: \s(y)-lves-ter, syl-ve-ster\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: wooded
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Vester
Sounds Like: Silvestro
Variant forms: Silvester, Silvestre, Sly
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 396
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 1537


Sylvester \s(y)-lves-ter, syl-ve-ster\ as a boy's name is pronounced sil-VEST-ter. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Sylvester is "wooded". 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.

Sylvester has 3 variant forms: Silvester, Silvestre and Sly.

For more information, see also the related name Vester.

A baby name that sounds like Sylvester is Silvestro.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Sylvester.


Sylvester is a very popular first name for men (#396 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#1537 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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