What does Silas mean?
Silas /si-las/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced SYE-las. It is of Latin origin. Short form of Silvanus, from a Greek name meaning "forest, woods". Biblical: Silas was a missionary companion to Paul and Timothy. Used by the Puritans.
How popular is Silas?
Silas is a somewhat popular first name for men (#719 out of 1220, Top 59%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#7399 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Silas for boys. Silas reached its top rank of #116 in the U.S. in 2013, and is presently at #137. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Sylas (#667 the previous year), Sylvan and Silvio are the prominent variation forms of Silas (#137 the previous year). Variants like Silvino are seldom used. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity in the year 2013 (usage of 0.3403%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.299%, ▼12.1%), with the forms Silvio and Sylvan becoming less fashionable. Sylas (#667) and Silas (#137) are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list, with Silas having a revival in popularity. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Silas and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A recommended similar baby name is Sills. This name tends to be less frequently used than Silas.