Sylvester

First Name
43k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
19k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sylvester

"Sylvester" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the Forest". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

Latin "woody, rural" from silva "wood"; name of a saint whose feast day falls on 31st December.

  1. A male given name used in English since the sixteenth century.

Sylvester was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Sylvester

Sylvester Stallone is an actor, screenwriter, and film director. He has had major accomplishments since 1970. Sylvester was given the name Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone by his parents Frank Stallone, Sr., and Jackie Stallone on July 6th, 1946 in New York City, New York, United States.

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Sly Stone is a funk, rock music, soul music, rhythm, blues, and psychedelic soul musician. His ongoing career started in 1952. Sly was given the name Sylvester Stewart on March 15th, 1943 in Denton, Texas, United States.

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Sylvester McCoy is an actor. Sylvester was given the name Percy James Patrick Kent-Smith on August 20th, 1943 in Dunoon, Scotland, UK.

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Sylvester was a musician. He holds the title Sylvester - You Make Me Feel excerpt and Sylvester With Patrick Cowley - Do You Wanna Funk excerpt. He was most active from 1972 to 1987. Sylvester was given the name Sylvester James, Jr. on September 6th, 1947 in , U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 16th, 1988.

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Sylvester was born on May 4th, 1984 in Nice. Sylvester is also known as Eagle Mask; French Stallion; LaRuffa, Tom; La Ruffa, and Tom.

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Sylvester I was a pope. He left this life on December 31st, 0335.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sylvester

Sylvester was a musician. He holds the title Sylvester - You Make Me Feel excerpt and Sylvester With Patrick Cowley - Do You Wanna Funk excerpt. He was most active from 1972 to 1987. Sylvester was given the name Sylvester James, Jr. on September 6th, 1947 in , U.S. He breathed his last breath on December 16th, 1988.

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Sue Sylvester is a tv news personality, principal, vice president of the united states, and cheerleading.

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James Joseph Sylvester was a scientist. James was born on September 3rd, 1814. He passed away on March 15th, 1897.

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William Sylvester was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1953 to 1978. William was born on January 31st, 1922 in Oakland, California. He died on January 25th, 1995.

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Terry Sylvester is a pop music and soft rock musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to present. Terry was given the name Terence Sylvester on January 8th, 1947 in Allerton, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

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Harold was born on February 10th, 1949 in New Orleans.

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How popular is the baby name Sylvester in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 89 0 89
1881 76 0 76
1882 74 0 74
1883 69 0 69
1884 67 0 67
1885 82 0 82
1886 73 0 73
1887 71 0 71
1888 83 0 83
1889 112 0 112
1890 99 6 93
1891 64 0 64
1892 104 6 98
1893 85 0 85
1894 108 7 101
1895 99 0 99
1896 111 0 111
1897 111 0 111
1898 115 0 115
1899 94 0 94
1900 138 7 131
1901 128 8 120
1902 141 6 135
1903 119 5 114
1904 135 11 124
1905 126 0 126
1906 133 8 125
1907 159 8 151
1908 175 9 166
1909 157 6 151
1910 210 10 200
1911 225 6 219
1912 353 5 348
1913 472 8 464
1914 547 9 538
1915 715 9 706
1916 724 9 715
1917 739 24 715
1918 786 20 766
1919 771 22 749
1920 819 12 807
1921 772 17 755
1922 720 13 707
1923 749 21 728
1924 726 18 708
1925 703 13 690
1926 714 27 687
1927 627 16 611
1928 612 15 597
1929 585 15 570
1930 613 14 599
1931 535 9 526
1932 569 10 559
1933 504 9 495
1934 509 11 498
1935 540 11 529
1936 482 0 482
1937 484 9 475
1938 510 7 503
1939 486 14 472
1940 468 7 461
1941 546 9 537
1942 498 0 498
1943 511 9 502
1944 535 0 535
1945 514 6 508
1946 537 0 537
1947 596 0 596
1948 609 9 600
1949 588 0 588
1950 655 12 643
1951 642 0 642
1952 607 7 600
1953 648 9 639
1954 640 6 634
1955 656 11 645
1956 625 6 619
1957 605 0 605
1958 578 0 578
1959 566 8 558
1960 509 5 504
1961 518 0 518
1962 470 5 465
1963 463 7 456
1964 390 0 390
1965 387 0 387
1966 325 0 325
1967 303 7 296
1968 263 5 258
1969 242 0 242
1970 251 7 244
1971 299 7 292
1972 229 5 224
1973 241 0 241
1974 195 0 195
1975 218 0 218
1976 190 0 190
1977 217 0 217
1978 223 0 223
1979 249 0 249
1980 204 0 204
1981 221 6 215
1982 218 0 218
1983 183 0 183
1984 209 0 209
1985 194 0 194
1986 199 0 199
1987 199 0 199
1988 203 0 203
1989 193 0 193
1990 203 0 203
1991 135 0 135
1992 115 0 115
1993 143 0 143
1994 132 0 132
1995 121 0 121
1996 90 0 90
1997 103 0 103
1998 80 0 80
1999 91 0 91
2000 90 0 90
2001 80 0 80
2002 78 0 78
2003 83 0 83
2004 63 0 63
2005 67 0 67
2006 77 0 77
2007 62 0 62
2008 67 0 67
2009 67 0 67
2010 62 0 62
2011 60 0 60
2012 57 0 57
2013 76 0 76
2014 75 0 75
2015 73 0 73
2016 66 0 66

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Popularity of Sylvester as a first name

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Popularity of Sylvester as a last name

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Common last names for Sylvester

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  • Johnson
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  • Davis
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  • Thomas
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Walker
  • White
  • Lewis
  • Robinson
  • Martin
  • Young
  • Anderson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sylvester U.S.
  White 72.96% 64.26%
  African American 20.72% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.91% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.83% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sylvester

People with the last name Sylvester are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sylvester

  • How Popular is the name Sylvester? Sylvester is the 1,091st most popular name of all time. As a last name Sylvester was the 1,901st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sylvester have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43,243 babies born with the first name Sylvester in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sylvester to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sylvester? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 89 new born babies.
  • When was Sylvester first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sylvester is Sunday, December 24th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Sylvester born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sylvester was in 1920 with a total of 807 babies.
  • Random Sylvester Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sylvester ranks 60th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 64 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Sylvester: Your name in reverse order is Retsevlys. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Verstleys. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sylvester? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,896 people with the last name Sylvester.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sylvester? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Sylvester as their last name.

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