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Silas

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English from Latin
"wood, forest"

Silas Origin and Meaning

The name Silas is a boy's name of English, Latin origin meaning "wood, forest".
Silas is based on the name Silvanus, and the two are used interchangeably in the Bible. In the New Testament, St. Silas was a leading member of the early Christian community who accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey. Sylvanus was the Roman god of trees and his name was originally bestowed on people who lived in wooded areas or who worked with wood.

Silas, once a folksy-sounding, rural New Testament boy name associated with George Eliot's Silas Marner, has been climbing upward since 1990. In 2020, it hit its highest point ever in the US, ranking at an even Number 100. Silas is similar in flavor to Caleb and Linus, and is 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.
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# 100 in the US

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Famous People Named Silas

  • Silas DeaneAmerican politician and diplomat
  • Silas HouseAmerican writer
  • Silas Weir MitchellAmerican physician and writer
  • Silas Weir MitchellAmerican actor (named after the above)
  • Silas "Si" RobertsonAmerican reality TV personality ("Duck Dynasty")
  • Jason Silas "Jase" RobertsonAmerican reality TV personality (Duck Dynasty")
  • Silas WrightAmerican politician, 14th governor of New York
  • Paulo Silas do Prado Pereira aka SilasBrazilian football manager
  • Silas WoodU.S. Congressman from New York
  • Silas Talbotcommander of the U.S.S. Constitution during the American Revolution
  • Silas Watt (b. 2007)son of racing driver Jason Watt
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  • Silas Randall Timberlake (b. 2015)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"
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Silas in Pop Culture

  • Silas Blissettcharacter in British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Silas BotwinNancy's son on TV's "Weeds"
  • "Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe" novel by George Eliot
  • Silas Heapcharacter in the "Septimus Heap" book series by Angie Sage
  • Silascharacter in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code"
  • Silascharacter in "Sisters Red" by Jackson Pearce
  • Silasthe first immortal being on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Silas Weggone,legged blackmailer in "Our Mutual Friend"
  • Silashired man in Robert Frost's poem "Death of the Hired Man"
  • Silas Ruthyncharacter in "Uncle Silas" by Sheridan Le Fanu
  • GreatUncle Silas, character in "My Uncle Silas" (1939) by H. E. Bates
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  • Silasthe vampire in Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book"
  • Silas Q. Scuddamorewealthy American in "The Suicide Club" by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Colonel Silas Laphambusinessman & social climber in "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1885)
  • "Swan Lee (Silas Lang)"song by Syd Barrett
  • Silas Hendershotcharacter in movie "The Final Storm"
  • Silascharacter in animated series "Transformers: Prime"
  • Silas Korba character in "The Academy"
  • Silas Sugwashcharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Silas Phelpsuncle to Tom Sawyer in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain
  • Silasmain character in "Origin" by Liam Holt
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  • Silascharacter in the video games "Fire Emblem Fates"
  • Silascharacter in the movie "Equals"
  • Silasone of the villains in 'The Vampire Diaries'
  • Silas Scratchantagonist of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School," by Jeff Kinney
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