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.
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