Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Silas
Early evidence of the name Silas can be found in the Bible, specifically the New Testament, and is a name of Greek and Latin origin. The Greek Σιλας and the Latin Silvanus literally translates to “of the forest” or “living in the woods,” derivative of “silva” meaning “wood.” The Biblical Silas lived in the 1st century A.D. and was considered a leader within the Early Christian movement. He is most known as a prophet from Jerusalem who accompanied Paul on one of his missionary journeys to strengthen the churches. Silas’ story is mainly retold in the Book of Acts 16. During one of their missions, Paul and Silas are jailed by pagan Roman citizens for “disturbing their city” and for advocating “customs that are not lawful” [Acts 16:20-21]. While imprisoned, the two men break out into song (i.e., hymns to God) prompting an earthquake that miraculously shakes their jail doors open and their shackles free. The jailor himself was apparently so impressed, he converted to Christianity on the spot! The name Silas was first adopted among English speakers by the Puritans in the 16th century (during the Protestant Reformation). It was their modest custom to bestow lesser-known Biblical names on their children as an act of humility before God.
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OF THE BOY NAME SILAS
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OF THE BOY NAME SILAS
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Of the forest, wood