[name]Silas[/name] [name]James[/name] is a name we are considering as well. [name]Silas[/name] for my Mother’s favorite book and [name]James[/name] is my husband’s name. I’m glad to see more people considering it. I think it’s a very handsome name.
Have you ever read/seen the movie [name]Silas[/name] Marner? The book is by [name]George[/name] [name]Eliot[/name]. It’s about a miser/hermit who finds an abandoned child and raises it as his own. Of course through raising the child, he becomes less bitter and learns what is important. It is a heartwarming story and the main character is anything but evil. My mother always loved the book so I never really saw [name]Silas[/name] as a sinister name.
And yes, family and friends can be a horrible source for opinions on what you want to name your baby. If you wouldn’t let them decorate your house, don’t let them name your baby. Not that you can’t get their input, just realize that naming a baby is just as much about personal style and taste as decorating your house or what clothes you would choose to wear.
For the nickname I like [name]Si[/name] best.