Boy Names baby nameSilas

What does the name Silas mean?

The different meanings of the name Silas are:
  • American meaning: From the forest or woods
  • Greek meaning: Asked for
  • Latin meaning: From the forest
The meaning of the name “Silas” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: There are two possible origins for this name, but it is unknown which possibility is the most plausible. It could have come as a short form or variation of the name Silvanus, given first by the Greeks. Another possibility is that it is derived from the Hebrew name Saul. If it comes from Silvanus it would share the name’s meaning “of the forest”, while as a derivation of Saul it takes on the meaning “asked for” or “prayed for”. Silas was an early convert to Christianity, and a companion to St Paul, and later St Peter.

Known variations of the name Silas include Silvanus, Sylvain, Sylvan, Silvano, and Silouanos. Names that are possibly related to Silas can include Saul and Seila. There are no commonly used short forms of Silas.

The popularity of the masculine name Silas has never been recorded to reach very high levels in any countries around the world. In the US, it has always held a low rank, with a sharp trend upwards in usage during the mid-2000s through 2014 where it saw a peak at 116th most popular in 2013. In Denmark, this name has seen more popularity, being featured in the top 50 most popular boy's names from 2003 until 2012 and peaking at 21st most popular in 2010. In Switzerland, it was ranked in the top 100 most popular boy's names between 2004 and 2010.

Famous people and celebrities that share the name Silas include Silas Redd, a football player; Silas Weir Mitchell, an actor (the name Silas Weir Mitchell is also shared by a famous novelist); Silas Soule, an abolitionist in the US; and Silas Souza, a soccer player. 'Silas Marner' is a novel by George Eliot.   In 'The Da Vinci Code' by Dan Brown, Silas is a murderous monk.