Sylvester is a male first name. It originates from Latin and means “forest dweller” or “one who lives in the woods.”

Sylvester’s name day is on the 31st of December, in memory of Pope Sylvester I. Because this day is the last day of the year, known as New Year’s Eve, the name Sylvester or Silvester signifies New Year’s Eve in several languages, including German.

In Finland, the name Sylvester was given to 1,248 men and around 30 women from the early 1900s until the end of 2019.