SILVESTER
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: sil-VES-tər (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From a Roman name meaning "of the forest" from Latin silva "wood, forest". This was the name of three popes, including Saint Silvester I who supposedly baptized the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine the Great. As an English name, Silvester (or Sylvester) has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it became less common after the Protestant Reformation.
Related Names
VARIANT: Sylvester (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Fester (Low German), Vester (German), Sly (English)
FEMININE FORM: Silvestra (Slovene)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Silvestr (Czech), Sylvestre (French), Szilveszter (Hungarian), Silvestro (Italian), Sylwester (Polish), Silvestre (Spanish)
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