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Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish

Where did the Spanish Silva family come from? What is the Spanish Silva family crest and coat of arms? When did the Silva family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Silva family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Silva family. The original bearer of the name Silva, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain. In Spain, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Silva family originally lived in one of the numerous places named Silva, which are scattered throughout the provinces of Leon, Coruna, Lugo and Oviedo. The surname Silva was derived from the Latin word "silva," which meant "wood."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Silva, Silvera and others.

First found in Leon and Galicia, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silva research. Another 349 words(25 lines of text) covering the year 1796 is included under the topic Early Silva History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Jerónimo de Silva, who emigrated to Peru in 1560
  • Diego de Silva, settled in Peru in 1561
  • María de Silva, moved to Hispaniola in 1562
  • Juan de Silva Correa, moved to Florida in 1563
  • Antonio de Silva, settled in New Spain in 1566

Silva Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Gomes Silva, who landed in Jamaica in 1742-1743
  • Joshua Gomez Silva, who landed in Jamaica in 1742
  • Antonio De Silva, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • John Roix Silva, who arrived in New York in 1792
  • Joze Roiz Silva, who landed in New York in 1792

Silva Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan De Silva, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Manuel Silva, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Pedro De Silva, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Maria Silva, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816-1826
  • Juana Rosa Silva, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816-1821


  • Daniel Silva (b. 1960), the best-selling American author
  • Francisco V Silva, Argentine historian
  • Medardo Angel Silva, Ecuadorian poet
  • Víctor Domingo Silva, Chilean poet, dramatist and diplomat
  • Anibal Cavaco Silva (b. 1939), Portuguese politician
  • António Maria da Silva (1886-1971), Portuguese actor
  • Douglas Silva (b. 1988), Brazilian Emmy-nominated actor
  • Francisco Manuel da Silva (1795-1865), songwriter and music professor from Rio de Janeiro
  • Manuel Pereira da Silva (1920-2003), Portuguese sculptor
  • Arménio Adroaldo Vieira e Silva (b. 1941), Portuguese journalist



  • Silva Descendants: Portuguese Genealogy by Henrietta Mello Mayer.

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  11. ...

The Silva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silva Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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