Silas Family History

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Silas Name Meaning

English: from the personal name Silas, a vernacular form of Latin Silvanus (see Silvano). Hungarian (Szilas): from the old Hungarian personal name Szilas, or from a pet form of the ecclasiastical names Szilveszter or Szilvánusz (see Silvester, Silvano).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Vilas, Milas, Miles, Giles, Silvas, Stas, Silk, Sias, Files, Silano

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Silas Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Silas name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Silas. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • France


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Silas Family Origin

Where is the Silas family from?

Silas Family Occupations

What did your Silas ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Silas family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Silas. The most common Silas occupation in the USA was Farmer. 34% of Silas's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Silas ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Silas Historical Records

What Silas family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Silas. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Silas census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Silas. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Silas. For the veterans among your Silas ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Silas Life Expectancy

What is the average Silas lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Silas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Silas in 1944 was 22, and 65 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Silas

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Silas ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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