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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. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3316%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2392%, down 27.9%), with the forms Silvio, Sylvan and Sylvester 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.