Is Silas getting trendy?

I have noticed lots of posts recently about Silas. It's appearing on lists and I think a couple of posters have a child named Silas.

I have never come across a real life Silas nor seen any in my local announcements (I'm in Australia).

So, what do you all think?  Silas is still on my list for a potential future boy but I might have to watch this one with interest as I don't want the next big trend.


By hyz
April 30, 2012 11:25 AM

Well, I have heard it popping up sporadically around here, but infrequently enough that it's still a rare thrill, not an apparent trend.  And I seem to travel in fairly "trendy" circles, name-wise, though I wouldn't have guessed it before my kids were in school.  Picking up my daughter from school the other day, I heard parents and teachers calling for kids named Blaise, Ollie, Henry, Sasha (g), and other such notables from school and neighborhood include Malachy, Nigel, Orson, Eamonn, Miles, Alistair, Finnegan, Theodore, Fiona, Isla, Calla, Iris, Lucia, Estelle, Eliza, Astrid, etc.  So based on my own anecdotal observations, I would say that Silas is gaining traction, but is nowhere near the overeducated urban favorites of Jack, Henry, and Oliver, which (alas) seem to appear in almost every class.  

By mk
April 30, 2012 12:29 PM

The only Silas I know is in his 30s, none of the recent boy babies I know have it as a name.

April 30, 2012 2:04 PM

hyz-You travel in much trendier circles than I (LOL!). I have not run across it on a little one but that is not to say it isnt out there.

April 30, 2012 6:53 PM

I gather that most of the people that post on here have slightly different taste than the mainstream (for the most part) so it is probably just an abberration!

Since we have 3 regular posters with Astrid's but IRL I haven't come accross another one, nor has anyone I know.

It's interesting that Oliver is more the overeducated set in your area hyz. Here it's now so common that it's gone mainstream. Henry is pretty much the same as with Amelia.

By hyz
April 30, 2012 11:23 PM

Yes, it's not quite that bad with Oliver and Henry here (yet?), but I would say Jack can be found at all levels, from the most mainstream to the overeducated, so that's probably our most comparable one to your area.  

But it can get hard to keep track of what's actually common and what's more a self-selected pocket, as you mention with Astrid.  For instance, a friend recently told me that there are 3 Evans in her son's McMansion suburban daycare class of about 15 kids.  That seemed crazy to me, since I haven't run across one in my urban setting yet, so it still feels pleasantly familiar but not common to me.  But if you told me there were 3 Jacks, I wouldn't have batted an eyelash (well, maybe just a little--3 is a high concentration, but 2 would be unremarkable).  At #38 the year these kids were born, Evan is certainly not unpopular, but it's in the same ballpark as Jayden, Brayden, Brandon, Landon, Addison, Alexis, Ashley, Taylor (g), Kayla, and Kaylee, etc., which NEVER seem to make an appearance in these circles.  Jack was #39 the same year, but if I didn't have the stats to look at, I'd think it must be top 10 at least.  I wish there were a way to get more personalized stats, but anecdotal evidence seems to be the best available--even regional stats aren't a huge help, though they are interesting.    

May 1, 2012 12:49 AM

Yep, Oliver here is what Jack was 2-3 year ago!

Interestingly Alice seems to be pretty popular in my area. I've come across 4 of them (all under 15 months) in various activities I've attended with Astrid. Maybe I just live in an Alice pocket?

May 1, 2012 6:34 PM

Hyz-8 yrs ago these were all given to babies around here. My dd has 2 Kaden's, a Kayla, Kaylee, Alexis, Taylor(g), Taylor(b), Landon, and Brady in her grade.

May 1, 2012 6:05 PM

Old fashioned names are the big trend, of the Faulkner type for boys especially, as well as the alternative-to-Bible names  (Elliott, Matthias, Eva).  I know only one S1las, a two year old son of missionaries.  He has a sister named El1ora.  I don't know if Silas will be the big trend unless spurred on by a celebrity.  I'm in NYC and a church-goer, if that helps your decision making.

May 2, 2012 1:52 PM

I know 4 little Silas's (all under the age of 4 years), and two big ones (in their 30's). I wonder if it is location though. I'm in the PNW. One of the little Silas's is in Austria though (American parents though).

May 3, 2012 8:36 PM

I've run across one baby Silas but I do some volunteer work with new moms so I meet a lot more babies than most.  I also knew one Silas growing up but he'd be in his 40s now.

May 17, 2012 12:47 AM

Yes, I think it is getting noticed by the 30-something-upper-middle-class-baby-making demographic.  And I say that without any dispargement, since it was on my list.  :)

May 17, 2012 8:43 PM

Yep, that's my demographic so you pretty much nailed it!

May 28, 2012 6:46 PM

Yep, I know two women in that demographic who each have a Silas (and one with a daughter, Matilda.)

By Guest (not verified)
May 24, 2012 6:23 PM

My youngest son is named Silas (we decided on Shepherd as a middle name, for those who may remember the post asking for an opinion). We live in a smallish town in CA. I get a lot of, "oh where did you come up with that?", "is that a family name?", and, "I've never heard that name before." I would say our area borders on trendier names, with some traditional and more outlandish names thrown in the mix. So, I was a little surprised at the reaction we've gotten. 

May 27, 2012 5:23 AM

Whether a contributing factor or just an indicator of the trend, the popular TV show, Weeds, features a Silas.  It premiered in 2005.


By Guest (not verified)
May 27, 2012 3:37 PM

One thing to consider is that Silas has cross over appeal.

It appeals to the yuppie/educated types who might be drawn to names like Henry, but it also has a country vibe and an appeal for religious, home schooling types as well.

Plus, there is the pleasing, sporty potential of nns like Cy.

I don't know that it's the next big thing, but I suspect when it starts to rise it will be a, "Mainstream," choice more quickly than some of the others referenced.

If I was having a boy it would be on my list, and I have a proven track record of picking trendy names (I have a Jack and a Henry to prove it)-lol.

Btw, while we do meet other Jacks, we definitely know more Ethans and Evans. In fact, the only duplicate boys' names that have been in either of our boys' classes so far have been Anthony, Tyler, and Ethan.

Just to show the randomness of popularity, though we know absolute Gobs of Sophias and Graces, the only class repeaters for girls have been Katelyn, Maya, Haley, and oddly...Helena. All of which have had multiple spellings.


May 27, 2012 7:27 PM

I work in a very wealthy area of Los Angeles and have encountered three little Silas' (all 3 and under).  Outside that particular area (I don't live there), I have not met any others.