Usage: English (Rare)
Rating: 68% based on 33 votesFrom an English surname which was derived from the given name EDGAR.ALEXANDRE
Pronounced: a-lek-SAWNDR (French), ə-lə-SHAN-drə (Portuguese), ə-lə-SHAN-drə (Brazilian Portuguese), a-le-SHAN-dre (Galician)
Rating: 75% based on 40 votesForm of ALEXANDER. This name was borne by the 19th-century French author Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), who wrote 'The Three Musketeers'.DANTE
Rating: 70% based on 40 votesMedieval short form of DURANTE. The most notable bearer of this name was Dante Alighieri, the 13th-century Italian poet who wrote 'The Divine Comedy'.ELIOT
Rating: 72% based on 38 votesFrom a surname which was a variant of ELLIOTT. A famous bearer of the surname was T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), an Anglo-American poet and dramatist, the writer of 'The Waste Land'. As a given name, it was borne by the American mob-buster Eliot Ness (1903-1957).MINNIE
Rating: 49% based on 20 votesSILAS
Other Scripts: Σιλας (Greek)
Pronounced: SIE-ləs (English)
Personal note: My #1 favorite.
Rating: 65% based on 42 votesProbably a short form of SILVANUS. This is the name of a companion of Saint Paul in the New Testament. Paul refers to him as Silvanus in his epistles, though it is possible that Silas was in fact a Greek form of the Hebrew name SAUL (via Aramaic).
As an English name it was not used until after the Protestant Reformation. It was utilized by George Eliot for the title character in her novel 'Silas Marner' (1861).STERLING
Rating: 61% based on 41 votesFrom a Scottish surname which was derived from city of Stirling, which is itself of unknown meaning. The name can also be given in reference to the English word sterling meaning "excellent". In this case, the word derives from sterling silver, which was so named because of the emblem that some Norman coins bore, from Old English meaning "little star".