Silas: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Silas

Silas

Pronunciation: SIY-ləs (key)

Origin of the name Silas:

Derived from the Aramaic sh'īlā (asked for). The name is borne in the Bible by a prominent member of the early church at Jerusalem. He accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey.

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My husband and I decided to name our first son Silas. We love the story of Paul and Silas in the Bible-- how they continue to have joy and worship God through the hardest of circumstances, which is what we hope for our son. Silas also means "forrest" and my husband's middle name is Forrest. It's not common, but it's not a "made-up" name. We think it's perfect for our son!
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I chose to name my second son Silas because I just fell in love with the name, I think it's the perfect name .. It's strong and unique and perfect for a little boy

Nicknames for Silas: | Edit

Si, Si guy, Sly, Shy, Sysy

Meanings and history of the name Silas: | Edit

means "of the forest/woods"

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Silas House (1971-), American novelist
Silas, (1st c.), early Christian apostle and scribe, mentioned by name in Acts and several of the epistles
Saint Silas or Saint Silvanus was a leading member of the Early Christian community, who later accompanied Paul in some of his missionary journeys.
Silas Casey (1808-1882) was a Major General for the Union Army in the American Civil War
Silas Weir Mitchell - American actor

Silas in song, story & screen: | Edit

Silas Stingy - The Who
Silas Marner - Novel by George Eliot (1861).
The Rise of Silas Lapham - Novel by William Dean Howells (1885).
Silas Botwin ("Weeds", played by Hunter Parrish)
Silas, evil monk with albinism in Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code
"Uncle Silas," Victorian horror novel by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
Silas - young Nobody's wise vampire guardian in "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman
Silas Benjamin- Kings
Silas Adams ("Deadwood", played by Titus Welliver)
Silas Heap, a wizard from Angie Sage's 'Septimus Heap' books

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