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Quick Facts on Silas

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 116
Simple meaning:
Of the forest, wood

Characteristics of Silas

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Silas

Early evidence of the name Silas can be found in the Bible, specifically the New Testament, and is a name of Greek and Latin origin. The Greek Σιλας and the Latin Silvanus literally translates to “of the forest” or “living in the woods,” derivative of “silva” meaning “wood.”  The Biblical Silas lived in the 1st century A.D. and was considered a leader within the Early Christian movement. He is most known as a prophet from Jerusalem who accompanied Paul on one of his missionary journeys to strengthen the churches.  Silas’ story is mainly retold in the Book of Acts 16. During one of their missions, Paul and Silas are jailed by pagan Roman citizens for “disturbing their city” and for advocating “customs that are not lawful” [Acts 16:20-21].  While imprisoned, the two men break out into song (i.e., hymns to God) prompting an earthquake that miraculously shakes their jail doors open and their shackles free. The jailor himself was apparently so impressed, he converted to Christianity on the spot! The name Silas was first adopted among English speakers by the Puritans in the 16th century (during the Protestant Reformation). It was their modest custom to bestow lesser-known Biblical names on their children as an act of humility before God.   

Popularity of the Name Silas

The name Silas has been in American circulation since colonial times thanks to the early Puritan settlers. However, it wouldn’t be until the year 1880 when the U.S. government began formally keeping track of name rankings.  From this data, we know that Silas achieved his peak popularity around the turn of the 20th century (almost, but not quite, making the Top 100 list of most common masculine names).  As the decades persisted into the last century, Silas eventually lost his luster. Between the 1960s and the 1990s (for close to 40 straight years), Silas was barely on anyone’s radar. Its ranking was so low in the latter half of the 20th century that it was barely given to 75 baby boys a year. After a long hiatus, the 21st century has so far welcomed Silas back with great fanfare – he is once again hovering close to a Top 100 spot on the charts. Not yet over-used, Silas is a charming name choice for a little boy. The popular Showtime series “Weeds” has also influenced the name’s usage since 2005. Silas Botwin is the good-looking, laid-back son of the central character, Nancy. This little “forest-dweller” is certain to be a future outdoorsman! 
Popularity of the Boy Name Silas
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Silas

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Silas

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Silas

    Silas Marner (Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe) Silas Marner is the title character of George Eliot’s (Mary Ann Evans) third novel, published in 1861, “Silas Marner: the Weaver of Raveloe”. Silas, after having been falsely accused of stealing church funds and thereby losing his fiancée to his best friend, is cast out of his community and moves to the countryside, becoming a virtual recluse. He amasses a small fortune by hard work, only to have it stolen from him by the ne’er-do-well younger son of Squire Cass, Dunstan. Silas sinks even deeper into depression until he, through some 19th century plot machinations, adopts the small (illegitimate) child of Dunstan Cass’ older brother, Godfrey. He names her “Eppie” (short, thank goodness, for Hepzibah), and lavishes his love upon her. She grows into a lovely young girl under his care (with anonymous help from Godfrey). In the end, Eppie’s true lineage is revealed by Godfrey’s confession, Dunstan’s corpse is found clutching Silas’ money, which is returned to him, Eppie marries well and Silas realizes that the early tragedy of his life paved the way for his great joy. Silas Marner triumphs over the vagaries of life, does not allow disappointment and revenge to overcome him and finds redemption in the power of unconditional love.

  • Popular Songs on Silas

    Popular Songs on Silas

    Silas Stingy - a song by The Who

    Swan Lee (Silas Lang) - a sing by Syd Barrett

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Silas

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Silas

    Freddy and the French Fries #2:: The Mystery of Silas Finklebean (David Baldacci) - In this sequel to "Fries Alive!," Freddy Funkhauser discovers the lab of long-lost scientist Silas Finklebean, along with instructions on how to build a time machine. With Finklebean's help, Freddie is determined to prove himself to bully Adam Spanker. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Silas Marner (George Eliot) - Published in 1861, Silas Marner is the story of a friendless weaver who cares only for his cache of gold. He is ultimately redeemed through his love for Eppie, an abandoned golden-haired baby girl, whom he discovers shortly after he is robbed and rears as his own child. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Silas' Seven Grandparents (Anita Horrocks) - An only child, Silas has seven attentive grandparents. Most of the time, he enjoys all that love and support, but not always. For instance, receiving seven birthday presents is great, but eating slices of seven birthday cakes is just too much. When his parents decide to go away for a few days, Silas is invited to stay in all his grandparents' homes. He weighs the pleasures of each choice before finding the perfect solution. Making the most of Silas' relationships with Oma, Opa, Granny, Grandad, Gramma, Papa, and Nana, the text sets up the story and lays out Silas' dilemma in a clear fashion. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom: The Body Thief (Stephen M. Giles) - Three young scions of a notably dysfunctional family find themselves pitted against a dying uncle as evil as he is massively wealthy in this melodramatic kickoff to the Death (and Further Adventures) of Silas Winterbottom series. Invited to visit their reclusive uncle Silas so that he can select an heir, shy Adele, angry Milo, and Isabella (an accomplished liar and sneak thief) start off at odds but slowly come to form an alliance as it becomes plain that Silas intends no good for any of them. What is his malign scheme? Is it connected to the mysterious coffin-like device being constructed in the dungeon below the manor? Readers who relish the sort of tale that features hidden passages, oddball relatives, mad scientists, veiled or not-so-veiled threats, frequent deadly “accidents,” and the occasional crocodile attack will enjoy the ride—and may well be pleased that bad-to-the-bone Silas, who is the most vivid character here, plainly has a role to play in future episodes despite being reduced to a pile of dust at the end. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Silas

    Famous People Named Silas

    Famous People Named Silas - Silas (Portuguese soccer player); Silas Deane (diplomat); Silas Warner (computer programmer); Silas Wright (politician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Silas

    Children of Famous People Named Silas

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Silas - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Silas.

  • Historic Figures

    Silas - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Silas - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Silas.

Personality of the Boy Name Silas

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Silas

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