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Silas Family History

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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Where is the Silas family from?

You can see how Silas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Silas family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Silas families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Silas families living in Georgia. This was about 32% of all the recorded Silas's in the USA. Georgia had the highest population of Silas families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Silas surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Silas ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Silas. 30% of Silas men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Silas women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Silas were Farm Laborer and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Cook
    12%
  • Laundress
    12%
  • Housewife
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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