Origins Available: French
The family name Sylvestre is derived from the Germanic personal name
Silvester, which comes from the word "silva," meaning "wood." The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
in France were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name.
Early Origins of the Sylvestre family
The surname Sylvestre was first found in Lorraine
, where this distinguished family was established in early times.
Early History of the Sylvestre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sylvestre research.Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1691, 1698, 1706, 1738, 1740, 1758, 1767, 1795, 1823, 1838, and 1876 are included under the topic Early Sylvestre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sylvestre Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sylvestre, Silvestre, de Sylvestre, de Silvestre and others.
Early Notables of the Sylvestre family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name was Israel Silvestre the Younger (1620-1691), prolific French draftsman, etcher and print dealer; and his son, Louis de Silvestre (1675-1760), a French portrait and history painter... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sylvestre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sylvestre family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sylvestre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Nicolas Sylvestre, who married Barbe Nepveu in Quebec City in 1667
Sylvestre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Pierre Sylvestre, who married Marie-Anne Lebadie in Pte-aux-Trembles in 1700
- Jean Sylvestre, who married Marie-Anne Benoit-Abel in 1715 in Deschambault, Quebec
- Jean Baptiste Sylvestre, who married Barbe Dorion in Quebec City in 1752
- Antoine Sylvestre, who married Marie-Joseph Carpentier in 1786 in St-Cuthbert
Contemporary Notables of the name Sylvestre (post 1700)
- Joseph-Noël Sylvestre (1847-1926), French painter known for his studies of classic scenes
- Ludovic Sylvestre (b. 1984), French footballer
- Patrick Sylvestre (b. 1968), retired Swiss football midfielder
- Alain Sylvestre (b. 1979), nicknamed "Quicksilver," Canadian kickboxer, Thailand Middleweight Muay Thai Champion
- Cleo Sylvestre (b. 1945), English film, stage and television actress
- Armand Sylvestre (1890-1972), Canadian lawyer and politician who represented Lake St. John from 1925 to 1930
- Armand Sylvestre (1910-1980), Canadian lawyer, judge and politician who represented Berthier in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1944 to 1948 as a Liberal
- Louis Sylvestre (1832-1914), Canadian farmer and politician who represented Berthier in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1871 to 1878 and from 1886 to 1889
- Guy Sylvestre OC, FRSC (198-2010), Canadian literary critic, librarian and writer, Director of the National Library of Canada (1968-1983)
- Diana L Sylvestre MD, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
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