Silas Name Meaning & Origin
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.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Lissa and Silas are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.
I really like this name. Good strong masculine name.
Our first born son is named Silas. He was born in 2007. This name was uncommon then, but seems to be increasing in popularity. We chose it because we found it to be unique, and we loved the Biblical origin. Also, like others have mentioned, we love the Biblical account of Paul and Silas worshipping in all circumstances. We also love that while it's Biblical and carries a historical/literary air, it also feels modern and current.
We named our son Silas Glen and I love the name for it's biblical connection and because I had a great uncle by the name. I like that it is a recognized name but not too common. It has a rural/nature type feel to me and means man of the forest.
- Personal experiences with the name Silas
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!
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
Si, Sil, Silo, SySy, Sly
- Meanings and history of the name Silas
means "of the forest/woods"
Akin to the Latin name: Sylvanus "god of the woods/forest"
- Famous real-life people named Silas
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 Randall - Son of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Silas "Uncle Si" Robertson from Duck Dynasty
Silas Soule (1838-1865)- Civil War era American abolitionist/anti-slavery militant who refused to participate in the murder of Native Americans at the Sand Creek massacre
Silas F. Gray (1920-1993) - Renowned tobacco farmer in Eastern Tennessee
- Silas in song, story & screen
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- an evil albino monk in Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code (novel/movie)
"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
Silas Korba "The Ghost Bird" series
Silas Burr, supervillain and nemesis of X-Factor and Wolverine in Marvel comics