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Syleans are a minor human race, but Sylea (per T4:M0) as of Year 0 has fourteen billion inhabitents of which 80% are Vilani, 11% Solomani, 6% Sylean, and 3% mixes and other. Since Sylea had Vilani and Solomani influence for more than 2000 years before Year 0, I don't think we can count on the linguistic origin of names to be very meaningful. That is too long of time for mixing.
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Syleans are a minor human race, but Sylea (per T4:M0) as of Year 0 has fourteen billion inhabitents of which 80% are Vilani, 11% Solomani, 6% Sylean, and 3% mixes and other. Since Sylea had Vilani and Solomani influence for more than 2000 years before Year 0, I don't think we can count on the linguistic origin of names to be very meaningful. That is too long of time for mixing.
According to travellerrpg.com Sylea(world) Demographics: The population is 50% Native Sylean, 36% Vilani, 11% Solomani, and 3% all others.
I don't know what the source used for this was, or what date is used (I would guess 1105). Would the demography have changed that much in a thousand years? It certainly could have, especially if the Syleans were given preferential treatment by the Imperium, but is there any evidence that such change occurred, or at least why it occurred? Sorry for getting even further off topic, just trying to understand Sylean history.
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Unfortunately, the traveller wiki is NOT a reliable source of canon. It is filled with fan fiction mixed in among the canon data. Makes the wiki much less useful than it could be.

As it is, if you don't find the source, you have to take the data with a huge helping of salt.

PS - you can find the ethnic breakdown I referenced on p 44. of M0.
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PS - you can find the ethnic breakdown I referenced on p 44. of M0.
Note that T4 can be a bit sketchy in general, due to the circumstances under which it was written.

Between the M0 materials and the GT writeup on the Syleans, the percentages are probably not pure groupings in most cases, but more a measure of the ingredients in the genetic soup of Sylea. Relatively pure pockets may exist, but the longevity rules in MT's Vilani & Vargr for purestrain Vilani make it pretty clear that pretty much everyone more than a few jumps from Vland is a mutt by the time of the Third Imperium.

Almost buried genetically by the Vilani, the Syleans apparently resurged both genetically and culturally during the 1500 years of the ("real") Long Night. Similar ethnic blenderizing happened all over the former Rule of Man. 1500 years is more than enough time for the beginning state of ethnic identity to be reset more than once, and a strong Sylean identity was part of their rise to become the Third Imperium.
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