Gender: Male Meaning of Silas: "wood, forest" Origin of Silas: English from Latin Silas's Popularity in 2019: #107

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, 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.

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Rank in US: #107

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Pop Culture References for the name Silas

Sylas, Silus, Silo, Cylas


BookSneakersMovie Says:


This is a nice name, but not my style.

Jim Modlin Says:


Our son Silas is almost 3 and we love the name! The only downfall is people constantly asking me if I got the name from the redneck show duck dynasty??? Uncle Si or something like that??? I have never/will never watch a ridiculous show like that but other than those people everybody else seems to never have heard it before?

indiefendi2 Says:


I used to not like this name (something sounded sinister about it) but all of a sudden I do like it!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name.

caseyquizzical Says:


Our 4 year old is Sylis I don't see that spelling on here at all. :D

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I really like this name! Although I do think that it is going to shoot up in popularity a lot, so be warned if you want to use this name.

eveyalecia Says:


It kind of sounds like Sylar, from the TV show Heroes, maybe that's it?

RoddyThlayli Says:


My family and I recently discovered that the (really) old house we live in was built by somebody named Silas Chute in the early 1800s, which I thought was pretty interesting. I like the name, but I find it completely impossible to imagine on somebody under the age of thirty, for some reason.

EW314 Says:


I think it's maybe from the murderous monk in The DaVinci Code. That's my first connection, and it puts me off the name slightly, even though I think it's a really cool, strong sounding choice, and not too popular either. But I'd hesitate to use it for that reason, though Silas is my favourite way to get to the super-cool nickname Cy, so never say never!

Nozomi Says:


I don't really like this name :/ I like it's meaning however

Lost Says:


I always associated this name with the peace and tranquility, and with someone with a hunger for knowledge and the ability to fight for what's right. I probably think as much because I've read a very well written story once with a character with this name, though the meaning "wood" or "Forest" helps aid my thoughts on this. I don't really see the religious ties myself when i think of the name (of course, I'm not really one for religion or recognizing such names), but I do think it's a lovely name, even if not very modern.

Essa Says:


This is on mine and my OH boys list but anyone we have spoken to about it says it sounds evil or like a bad guy's name. I thought perhaps that this was due to Silas in the Bible (which I didnt know much about) so I had a read and he'd definitely not evil, he's the exact opposite. So I have no idea where people have got this idea from, it's the fact that people said it without any knowledge that other people had also commented it to us that gets me.

IsolationHedge Says:


Makes me think of a grain silo.

headintheclouds Says:


Before the celebrity Timberlake baby, Silas to me embodies the ultimate biblical-hipster baby boy name. Now, I think it'd probably become more popular. I personally don't love it, but I can appreciate Silas. It's a more unusual biblical name, has a nice meaning, sounds rather Southern-historic, and sounds strong and grounded.

Zabrina Zilas Says:


I also have a 4year old who is named Zilas... I love that name as he.... everywhere we go people are always asking me to repeat his name or they say it beautiful! I love it and it so describes him... he' s an outdoors kinda kid.

Rose Says:


I also have a silas born last Christmas Day. He was named after my great grandad. His name has had mixed response but I love it. :)

Daiseymae Says:


I am not a fan of this name, but my daughter has a boy in her Kindergarten class named Silas.

steampunkleo Says:


While I think it's handsome, the albino monk from The Da Vinci Code has permanently ruined it for me

EthelBeavers Says:


I severely dislike this name. It always reminds me of Si from Duck Dunasty and feels clunky and awkward. Definitely not my cup of tea.

indiefendi2 Says:


Silas Timberlake! I swore it'd be Memphis 😜

grlmtswrld Says:


My son, now 18 months, is named Silas and we love it! I have been surprised how many people have asked me where I came up with it though, as if I invented it or something. I thought everyone knew about Paul and Silas of the Bible! At any rate, we love the name and it fits him so well. I also like that we have met a few other boys named Silas but they aren't everywhere. It is somewhat unique although seems to be growing in popularity last year and this year. I just hope it doesn't reach the level of Noah or Aiden.

Leah3456 Says:


I love this name!

hamwan Says:


Looks weird and hard to pronounce, yet in Thai the meaning is "rock" and would be great for a boy. In Thai it is "Sila" without an s and is pronounced like the word "viva".

clairels Says:


Sounds like "silo," or an old 19th century man with glasses and a big nose.

mabespark Says:


I like the meaning, but it's not really my style.