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Where did the Italian Sylvester family come from? What is the Italian Sylvester family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sylvester family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sylvester family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Silvestri, Silvestry, Silvester, Sylvester, Sylvestar, Sylvestri, Silvestre, Silvestrelli, Silvestrini, Silvestrino, Silvestro and many more.
First found in Ferrara, a city and comune in Emilia-Romagna, northern Italy, capital city of the Province of Ferrara, in the district of Marche but there were also early instances of this surname in other areas of Italy. Ferrara was at war with Venice in 1471. It is a walled city and notable is the Church of S.Cristoforo. In those ancient times only persons of rank, the podesta, clergy, city officials, army officers, artists, landowners were entered into the records. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry. The name is a modification of the Latin name Silvester, which was derived from the word "silva," meaning "wood."
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sylvester research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1485, 1525, and 1606 are included under the topic Early Sylvester History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sylvester Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sylvester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Sylvester Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Sylvester Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Sylvester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sylvester Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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