The family name Sylvestr 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 Sylvestr family
The surname Sylvestr was first found in Lorraine
, where this distinguished family was established in early times.
Early History of the Sylvestr family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sylvestr 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 Sylvestr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sylvestr Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Sylvestre, Silvestre, de Sylvestre, de Silvestre and others.
Early Notables of the Sylvestr 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 Sylvestr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sylvestr family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Nicolas Sylvestre, who married Barbe Nepveu in Quebec City in 1667; 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.