Sylvester Family History

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Sylvester Name Meaning

English and German: from a personal name (Latin Silvester, a derivative of silva ‘wood’). This was borne by three popes, including a contemporary of Constantine the Great.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Silvester, Sylvest, Ballester, Silvestro, Vester, Sylvestre, Lester

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Sylvester Family Origin

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Sylvester Family Occupations

What did your Sylvester ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sylvester. The most common Sylvester occupation in the USA was Farmer. 30% of Sylvester's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sylvester family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

    30%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Carpenter

    2%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sylvester ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sylvester Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Sylvester. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sylvester census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Sylvester. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Sylvester. For the veterans among your Sylvester ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sylvester Life Expectancy

What is the average Sylvester lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sylvester life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Sylvester in 1941 was 66, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sylvester

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sylvester ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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