August 1, 2014 § 3 Comments
Shortened version of the Latin “Silvanus”, the Roman god of forests.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Si, Siles, Silus, Sy, Sylas, Syles, Sylus, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Silas, one of the Boston children roused to their chores at the start of Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).
– Rev. Silas Hornblower, with whom Mr. Pitt Crawley shares a “famous correspondence on the Ashantee Mission” in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).