Once Upon A Time, a boy named Justin met a girl named Jessica, and they fell in love and got married.
Of course they did. Because Jessica was the number one girls’ name for years and years – taking over from Jennifer. And Justin, while it was never as popular, is still very, very popular. It makes sense that a Justin, a dyed-in-the-wool ‘cool name’, marries a Jessica, another ‘cool name’. In fact, my whole philosophy is that parents who name their kids Justin are setting up a situation in which their kid is seen as the most good-looking one in the room. You can go ahead and email me your exceptions, but I know what I know.
So I kind of think that ‘Silas’ – which is a good name in itself – is actually doing the same thing. It’s a hot-kid name, in the same vein as Elias or Caleb. It was Weeds that did it, actually – Hunter Parrish’s Silas was hot and into sex with women of all ages, and thus was born a hot name.
But I don’t dislike Silas at all. I think it’s great. It’s about to get reeeeeally popular now that the Timberlakes have said it’s OK though.
However – I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that Silas and Randall are both specifically from Justin Timberlake’s family tree. Jessica Biel may not have even gotten to see the child’s birth certificate, let alone have a say in naming him.