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