Silas (name)

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Word/namederived from Saul hebrew meaning = "the youngest" Transkription to Late Latin Silas, from Greek Σίλας Silas, from Aramaic
Region of originGreek
Other names
Related namesSylvanus, Silvanus, Sylvain (French), Silvan (Dutch, German), Silvano (Italian)

Silas is a common given name and a lesser-known surname. It is a cognate of Silvanus.


As a name today comes from the early Christian disciple Silas. He is consistently called "Silas" in Acts, but the Latin Silvanus, which means "of the forest," is always used by Paul and in the First Epistle of Peter; it is likely that "Silvanus" is the Romanized version of the original "Silas," or that "Silas" is the Greek nickname for "Silvanus." It has been suggested that Silas is the Greek version of the Aramaic "Seila," a version of the Hebrew "Saul".[1][2][3] The Latin name "Silvanus" may be derived from pre-Roman Italian languages.


  • Danish - Silas
  • Dutch - Silas
  • English - Silas, Sylas Si, Sy
  • French - Sylvain
  • German - Silvan
  • Italian - Silvano


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  1. ^ Fitzmyer, Joseph J. (1998). The Anchor Bible: The Acts of the Apostles. New York: Doubleday. p. 564. ISBN 0-385-49020-8.
  2. ^ Cheyne, Thomas Kelly; Black, John Sutherland (1903). Encyclopædia Biblica: A Critical Dictionary of the Literary, Political and Religious History, the Archæology, Geography, and Natural History of the Bible, Volume 4. Toronto: George N Morang & Company Ltd. pp. 4514–4521.
  3. ^ Smith, Barry D. "1st Letter To The Thessalonians". Retrieved 12 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)