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Gender: M Meaning of Silas: "wood, forest" Origin of Silas: English from Latin Silas's Popularity in 2014: #137

Silas, once a folksy-sounding, rural New Testament name associated with George Eliot's Silas Marner, is definitely beginning to be reevaluated, a la similar flavored Caleb and Linus, and becoming a hot Nameberry fave.

Silas is also associated with the indelible albino monk in The Da Vinci Code, is the leading character in William D. Howell's novel The Rise and Fall of Silas Lapham, and was the name of Nancy Botwin's TV son in Weeds.

Silas is based on Sylvanus, the Roman god of trees and was originally bestowed on people who lived in wooded areas or who worked with wood.

In 2009 alone, Silas shot up more than 50 places, then 12 more in 2012, and now sits at 137 - indicating that it is a rising New Testament name. And its choice by Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel might well push it further.

St. Silas was a leading member of the early Christian community who accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey.

Famous People Named Silas

Silas Deane, American politician and diplomat
Silas House (b. 1971), American writer
Silas Weir Mitchell, American physician and writer
Silas Weir Mitchell, American actor (named after the above)
Silas "Si" Robertson, American reality show star ("Duck Dynasty")
Silas Wright, American politician, 14th governor of New York
Paulo Silas do Prado Pereira aka Silas, Brazilian football manager
Silas Wood, U.S. Congressman from New York
Silas Talbot, commander of the U.S.S. Constitution during the American Revolution
Silas Randall Timberlake, son of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Pop Culture References for the name Silas

Silas Blissett, character in British soap "Hollyoaks"
Silas Botwin, Nancy's son on TV's "Weeds"
"Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe," novel by George Eliot
Silas Heap, from the "Septimus Heap" book series by Angie Sage
Silas, from the book and later 2006 movie "The Da Vinci Code"
Silas, from the book "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce
Silas, the first immortal being on "The Vampire Diaries" TV show
Silas Wegg, one-legged blackmailer in "Our Mutual Friend"
Silas, hired man in Robert Frost's poem "Death of the Hired Man"
Silas Ruthyn, character of mystery "Uncle Silas" (Sheridan Le Fanu)
Great-Uncle Silas, character in "My Uncle Silas" (1939) by H. E. Bates
Silas, the vampire in Neil Gaiman's book, The Graveyard Book
Silas Q. Scuddamore, wealthy American in "The Suicide Club" (short story by Robert Louis Stevenson)
Colonel Silas Lapham, businessman & social climber in "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1885)
"Swan Lee (Silas Lang)", Syd Barrett song
Silas Hendershot, character in movie "The Final Storm"
Silas, character in animated series "Transformers: Prime"
Silas Korba character in the YA Novel "The Academy"
Silas Sugwash, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

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