The surname De silva 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.
Important Dates for the De silva family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De silva research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1717, 1673, 1731 and 1799 are included under the topic Early De silva History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De silva Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Da Silva, De Silva, Silva, Silveira and others.
Early Notables of the De silva family (pre 1700)
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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De silva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De silva migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
De silva Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
John Joseph DeSilva, who arrived in New York in 1792 
De silva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Baltasar DeSilva, who arrived in America in 1835 
Francisco DeSilva, who landed in New Spain in 1838 
Miguel DeSilva, who landed in Guatemala in 1838 
Rosa DeSilva, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
M R DeSilva, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Sir George Desmond Lorenz de Silva PC QC KStJ (b. 1939), British lawyer and former United Nations Chief War Crimes Prosecutor in Sierra Leone
Luigi deSilva (b. 1953), Italian professional footballer
Walter Maria deSilva (b. 1951), Italian car designer
Diego de Silva y Velasquez (1599-1660), Spanish painter
Dolores DeSilva Beati, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980 
^ 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)
^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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