What does Silas mean?
Silas /si-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▲ has 1 more different relation via Silvanus: Silvain.Kreatif forms: Selas, Silasse, Syllas. [more]
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. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Silas for boys. Silas reached its top rank of #116 in the U.S. in 2013, and is presently at #137. (Top Birth Names, 2014)
Sylas (#667 from current records), Sylvan and Silvio are the prominent variation forms of Silas (#137 from current records). These relations of Silas were at the apex of their popularity in the year 2013 (adoption of 0.34%) and are almost as common today (adoption 0.3%, ▼12.1%), but with the forms Silvio and Sylvan becoming less fashionable. Sylas and Silas are two of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list, with Silas having a revival in popularity.
Recommended similar baby names are Aias, Atlas, Bialas, Colas, Dimas, Niklas, Sela, Selah, Sill, Sills, Sima, Simms, Siors, Siraj, Stiles and Vitas. These names tend to be less frequently used than Silas.