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Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish


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Spelling variations of this family name include: Da Silva, De Silva, Silva, Silveira and others.

First found in the town of Silva in the Portuguese province of Valenca do Minho. The name of the town is derived from the Portuguese word 'silva,' which means 'forest,' and indicating that the area was once heavily forested.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dasilva research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1717, 1673, 1731 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Dasilva History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dasilva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dasilva Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jacob DaSilva, who landed in Jamaica in 1740
  • Daniel DaSilva, who landed in Jamaica in 1742
  • Judica DaSilva, who arrived in Jamaica in 1746
  • Rica DaSilva, who arrived in Jamaica in 1746
  • John Joseph DaSilva, who landed in New York in 1792

Dasilva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin DaSilva, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845

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  • Raúl daSilva (b. 1933), American TV commercial producer, business documentary filmmaker, writer and an expert in the field of photoanimation
  • Edivaldo Sarafim DaSilva, retired Brazilian footballer
  • Steve DaSilva (b. 1987), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Edgar J. DaSilva (1941-2007), Indian microbiologist
  • Dan DaSilva (b. 1985), Canadian professional ice hockey winger


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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 19676. Print.
  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Domínguez, C. Diccionario Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones 4 Volumes. 2001. Print.
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The Dasilva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dasilva 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.

This page was last modified on 11 October 2015 at 19:07.

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