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Early Origins of the Dasilva family

The surname Dasilva was 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.

Early History of the Dasilva family

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Dasilva Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Dasilva family

Prominent members of the family include Pedro da Silva (c.1647-1717), born in Lisbon and settling in New France prior to 1673, he was the first post courier in New France; a Canadian postage stamp honoring him was released in June 2003; and António Diniz da Cruz e Silva (1731-1799), Portuguese heroic-comic poet, born in Brazil.Manuel Pereira da Silva (1694-1733) was a priest and friar of the Order of Christ, master of arts, doctor of canons and professor of the same faculty at the University of Coimbra, etc. He was born in Lisbon on April 6, 1691, where he also died prematurely...
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Dasilva World Ranking

In the United States, the name Dasilva is the 4,133rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 1 However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Dasilva is ranked the 778th most popular surname. 2 And in France, the name Dasilva is the 5,073rd popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 3 South Africa ranks Dasilva as 896th with 7,774 people. 4

United States Dasilva migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dasilva Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Joseph DaSilva, who landed in New York in 1792 5
Dasilva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin DaSilva, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1845 5

West Indies Dasilva migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 6
Dasilva Settlers in West Indies in the 18th Century
  • Jacob DaSilva, who landed in Jamaica in 1740 5
  • Daniel DaSilva, who landed in Jamaica in 1742 5
  • Judica DaSilva, who arrived in Jamaica in 1746 5
  • Rica DaSilva, who arrived in Jamaica in 1746 5

Contemporary Notables of the name Dasilva (post 1700) +

  • Raúl daSilva (b. 1933), American TV commercial producer, business documentary filmmaker, writer and an expert in the field of photoanimation
  • John Walter da Silva QSM (1934-2021), New Zealand wrestler and boxer
  • José Carlos da Silva Júnior (1926-2021), Brazilian politician and businessman, member of the Democratic Social Party and served as a Senator from 1996 to 1999
  • Raúl Alves Calane da Silva (1945-2021), Mozambican writer, journalist, and poet
  • 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. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. "Most Common Last Names in South Africa." Forebears,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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