What does Silas mean?
Silas \s(i)-las\ 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.
Silas is a somewhat popular first name for men (#719 out of 1220, Top 59%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#4815 out of 88799, 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). These boy names were at the apex of their popularity in the year 2013 and are somewhat less popular today, with the forms Sylvan and Silvio 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.