The name Silas is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "wood, forest". Silas is ranked #110 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Similar Names (Boys)".
From the experts:
Silas, once a folksy-sounding, rural New Testament boy 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.
St. Silas was a leading member of the early Christian community who accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey.
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16 names similar to Silas
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