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Gender: M Meaning of Silas: "wood, forest" Origin of Silas: English from Latin Silas's Popularity in 2015: #129

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.

Silas has skyrocketed in popularity since the mid-90s; it's now at Number 129, just off its all-time peak of 116 in 2013.

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, American writer
Silas Weir Mitchell, American physician and writer
Silas Weir Mitchell, American actor (named after the above)
Silas "Si" Robertson, American reality TV personality ("Duck Dynasty")
Jason Silas "Jase" Robertson, American reality TV personality (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 singer/actor Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Silas Jude Eubanks (b. 2015), son of Megan McConnell and Chase Eubanks of TV's "16 and Pregnant"

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, character in the "Septimus Heap" book series by Angie Sage
Silas, character in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"
Silas, character in "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce
Silas, the first immortal being on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
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 in "Uncle Silas" by Sheridan Le Fanu
Great-Uncle Silas, character in "My Uncle Silas" (1939) by H. E. Bates
Silas, the vampire in Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book"
Silas Q. Scuddamore, wealthy American in "The Suicide Club" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Colonel Silas Lapham, businessman & social climber in "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1885)
"Swan Lee (Silas Lang)", song by Syd Barrett
Silas Hendershot, character in movie "The Final Storm"
Silas, character in animated series "Transformers: Prime"
Silas Korba character in "The Academy"
Silas Sugwash, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Silas Phelps, uncle to Tom Sawyer in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain
Silas, main character in "Origin" by Liam Holt

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