Silas is a contracted form of Silvanus, a Roman cognomen meaning “wood, forest; orchard, grove” derived from a PIE root word. In Roman mythology, Silvanus is the name of a god of the forest. It’s also possible that Silas may be the Ancient Greek form of an Aramaic form of Hebrew Saul meaning “asked for, prayed for”. Silas is also an English surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Hebrew



  • Sylas (English)
  • Cylas (English)
  • Silvanus (Ancient Roman)
  • Sylvanus (English)
  • Silvano (Italian)
  • Sylvain (French)
  • Silouanos (Biblical Greek)


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