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What does Silvanus mean?

Silvanus Pronunciation of Silvanus [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.

Associated with: ancient (old), greek, saints.


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

Affiliated boy name: Selwyn.

3 more alternative forms via Silas, Sylvester: Silvan, Silvaon and Sylvan.

1 feminine form: Silvana.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Silvanus?

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Silvanus (not ranked) are Silas (#129 a year ago), Sylvester (#1983), Sylvio, Sylvanus, Silvio, Silverio, Selwyn and Sylvan. Other variants, like Silvan, are seldom used. These forms of Silvanus were favored as birth names in 2013 (usage of 0.18%) and have remained as common to this day (usage 0.17%, 7.8%), but with the form Sylvester becoming somewhat dated. Silas is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this compilation. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Selwyn, Silas, Silverio, Silvio, Sylvan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sylvanus, Sylvester, Sylvio in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alfaeus (see Alpheus), Claus, Damianus, Dardanus, Delfinus, Emilianus (see Emil), Fabianus, Germanus (see Germain), Hilarius, Janus, Julianus, Klaus, Linus, Lucianus, Manus, Marianus, Montanus, Rinus, Romanus, Salman, Salvador, Salvator, Salvian, Salviano (see Salvio), Salviatus (see Salvio), Salvino, Sassacus, Seamus, Sellars, Servaas, Servas, Servatus, Shamus, Shivaun, Sigvard, Sills, Silver, Simmonds, Simmons, Siorus, Sirius, Sivney, Sivnie (see Sivney), Sixtus, Sloan, Sloane, Stefanas (see Stephanus), Stefanos, Stefanus, Stephanus, Stevan, Straus, Sylas, Tevarus and Urbanus. These names tend to be more frequently used than Silvanus.

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