Sylvester is the medieval spelling of Silvester, a Roman name meaning “of the wood, of the forest” from Latin silvestris from silva (wood, forest, grove). Sylvester is also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Vester, Sly

Origin: Latin



  • Silvester (Late Roman, Dutch, Slovene, Slovak, German, English)
  • Silvestr (Czech)
  • Sylvestre (French)
  • Szilveszter (Hungarian)
  • Silvestro (Italian)
  • Sylwester (Polish)
  • Silvestre (Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Silvestras (Lithuanian)
  • Sylvestris (Latin)


Female forms:

  • Sylvestra (English)
  • Silvestra (Italian, Slovene)



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