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What does Silvanus mean?

Silvanus \s(i)-lva-nus, sil-vanus\ as a boys' name is pronounced sil-VAHN-nus. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Silvanus is "woods". Silvanus was the mythological ancient Greek god of trees. A number of saints bore the name. See also Silas and Sylvester.


Silvanus has 7 variants: Silvain, Silvano, Silverio, Silvino, Silvio, Sylvanus and Sylvio.

For more information, see also the related boy name Selwyn.

Silvanus has 7 more alternative forms via Silas, Sylvester: Silvan, Silvaon, Silvester, Silvestre, Sly, Sylas and Sylvan.

Silvanus has 1 feminine form: Silvana.


Silvanus is a rare first name for males. Silvanus is also a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Silvanus and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Silvanus (#unlisted) are Silas (#137 a year ago), Sylas (#667), Sylvester, Sylvan and Silvio. This boy name reached the apex of its popularity during the years 1880-1889 and is somewhat less popular today, with the forms Sylvester, Sylvan and Silvio becoming less trendy. Sylas (#667) and Silas (#137) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation, with Silas undergoing a rekindling in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Silas, Silvio, Sylas, Sylvan, Sylvester in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Silvanus and related baby names outside U.S.