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From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Da silva family. The original bearer of the name Da 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 Da 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 Da silva was derived from the Latin word "silva," which meant "wood."

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The surname Da silva was first found in Leon and Galicia, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.

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


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

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Da silva 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

Da silva 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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  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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The Da silva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Da 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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