Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.
We don't have any stats on how common this name is. This is probably because it's very rare in the UK.
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Related and similar surnamesSilvester
The Sylvester surname in historical dictionaries
An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857)
Patronymica Britannica (1860)
Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.