Sylvestre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 112 words (8 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

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...
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Sylvestre World Ranking

In the United States, the name Sylvestre is the 17,121st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Sylvestre is ranked the 520th most popular surname. [2] And in France, the name Sylvestre is the 1,454th popular surname with an estimated 3,987 people with that name. [3]


Canada Sylvestre migration to Canada +

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
  • Nicolas Sylvestre, son of Nicolas and Tanche, who married Barbe Nepveu, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Quebec on 27th August 1667 [4]
  • Pierre Sylvestre, son of Pierre and Catherine, who married Marie-Marthe Gendron, daughter of Nicolas and Marie-Marthe, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 18th October 1685 [4]
  • Nicolas Sylvestre, son of Nicolas and Barbe, who married Jeanne Labadie, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 23rd November 1694 [4]
  • Louis Sylvestre, son of Nicolas and Barbe, who married Élisabeth Labadie, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 24th November 1698 [4]
Sylvestre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Sylvestre, son of Nicolas and Barbe, who married Marie-Anne Labadie, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 8th November 1700 [4]
  • 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 Sylvestre, son of Nicolas and Barbe, who married Marie-Anne Benoit, daughter of Abel and Marthe, in Deschambault-Grondines, Quebec on 11th November 1715 [4]
  • François Sylvestre, son of Nicolas and Barbe, who married Marie-Angélique Houde, daughter of Joseph and Louise-Angélique, in Sainte-Croix, Quebec on 15th February 1733 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Sylvestre (post 1700) +

  • Anne Sylvestre (1934-2020), French singer-songwriter
  • Joseph-Noël Sylvestre (1847-1926), French painter known for his studies of classic scenes
  • Ludovic Sylvestre (b. 1984), French footballer
  • Diana L Sylvestre MD, American Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • René Sylvestre (1962-2021), Haitian jurist and lawyer who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Haiti from February 2019 until his death
  • Guy Sylvestre OC, FRSC (1918-2010), Canadian literary critic, librarian and writer, Director of the National Library of Canada (1968-1983)
  • 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
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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