Sylvan name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sylvan mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Sylvan

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from New York, U.S., the name Sylvan is of American origin and means "Forest".
  2. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Sylvan is of French origin and means "Spirit of the forest".
  3. A user from Vermont, U.S. says the name Sylvan is of Latin origin and means "Of the forest".
  4. According to a user from Pakistan, the name Sylvan is of Latin origin and means "Lush green land".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Syl"van
  1. Of or pertaining to a sylva; forestlike; hence, rural; rustic."The traditional memory of a rural and a sylvan region . . . is usually exact as well as tenacious." [De Quincey.]
  2. Abounding in forests or in trees; woody.

Etymology: See Silvan (a.)

noun Syl"van
A fabled deity of the wood; a satyr; a faun; sometimes, a rustic.

Etymology: L. Sylvanus, better Silvanus. See Silvan (a.)

noun Syl"van
A liquid hydrocarbon obtained together with furfuran (tetrol) by the distillation of pine wood; -- called also methyl tetrol, or methyl furfuran.

Etymology: Sylva + furfuran

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A spirit that lives in or frequents the woods
  2. Relating to or characteristic of wooded regions ("a shady sylvan glade")
A hardwood forest in the Lehigh Gap in the Appalachian Mountains, Pennsylvania, USA, in autumn

Borrowed from Medieval Latin sylvanus, possibly via Middle French sylvain, from Latin Silvānus (“Roman god of the woods”), from silva (“forest”), from Proto-Indo-European *sel-, *swel- (“beam, board, frame, threshold”). The ⟨y⟩ in sylvanus and its descendants is due to influence from Ancient Greek ῡ̔́λη (hū́lē, “wood, matter”), transliterated in the Latin style as hyle.

  1. One who resides in the woods.
  2. A fabled deity of the wood; a faun, a satyr.

Notable Persons Named Sylvan

Notable Persons Named Sylvan

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is a soccer player for the Chesterfield F.C., Cambridge United F.C., Manchester United F.C., Royal Antwerp F.C., Plymouth Argyle F.C., Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., Preston North End F.C., and England national under-21 football team. Sylvan was born on March 29th, 1986 in Cambridge, England.

Sylvan Richardson

Sylvan Richardson is a new wave music and soul music musician. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, and Fender Jazz Bass. His career lasted from 1985 to 1985. Sylvan is also known as Sylvan Richardson Jr..

Sylvan Goldman

Sylvan Goldman was a businessman. Sylvan was given the name Sylvan Nathan Goldman on November 15th, 1898 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He died on November 25th, 1984.

Sylvan Muldoon

Sylvan Muldoon was a writer. Sylvan was born Sylvan Muldoon on March 18th, 1903. He left this life in 1969.

Sylvan LaCue

Sylvan LaCue is a rapping and rapper. Their ongoing career started in 2009. Sylvan was born on September 2nd, 1990 in Miami. Sylvan is also known as LaCue and Sylvan.

Sylvan N. Friedman

Sylvan N. Friedman was a farmer and ranch. Sylvan was born on May 19th, 1908 in Natchez. He passed away on March 18th, 1979.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sylvan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sylvan

Richard Sylvan

Richard Sylvan was a philosopher. Richard was born on December 13th, 1935. He breathed his last breath on June 16th, 1996.

Sanford Sylvan

Marc Sylvan

Johann Sylvan

Johann is also known as Sylvanus and Johann. He died on December 23rd, 1572.

Jade Sylvan

Jade Sylvan is an author. Jade was born on September 9th, 1982 in Chicago, Illinois.

Torsten Sylvan

Torsten was born on January 28th, 1895 in Visby, Sweden. He left this life on April 26th, 1970.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sylvan U.S.
  White 49.82% 64.26%
  African American 43.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.61% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sylvan

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sylvan

  • How Popular is the name Sylvan? Sylvan is the 5,073rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Sylvan was the 39,419th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sylvan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,303 babies born with the first name Sylvan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sylvan to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sylvan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Sylvan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sylvan is Saturday, March 29th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Sylvan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sylvan was in 1918 with a total of 103 babies.
  • Random Sylvan Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sylvan is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Sylvan: The name spelled backwards is Navlys. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nysval. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sylvan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 558 people with the last name Sylvan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sylvan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sylvan as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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