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

Desilva Early Origins



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

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Desilva Spelling Variations


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Desilva Spelling Variations



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

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Desilva Early History


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Desilva Early History



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

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Desilva Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Desilva Early Notables (pre 1700)



Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492. Dentro de estos nombres de familias se han destacado, por ejemplo, fourteenth century nobleman Ferrand de Silva; Pedro de...

Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desilva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desilva Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Joseph DeSilva, who arrived in New York in 1792

Desilva 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Desilva Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Felicia Desilva, aged 19, who landed in America from Benevento, Benevento, Italy, in 1906
  • Manuel deSilva, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Carmine DeSilva, aged 3, who landed in America from Avellino, Italy, in 1907
  • Manuel DeSilva, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Val D'Ozenda, Portugal, in 1910
  • Joan C deSilva, aged 33, who landed in America from Lisbon, Portugal, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Desilva (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Desilva (post 1700)



  • Norman deSilva, former American NCAA basketball player and Assistant Coach
  • John Reed DeSilva (b. 1967), American former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Diego de Silva y Velasquez (1599-1660), Spanish painter
  • Luigi deSilva (b. 1953), Italian professional footballer
  • Walter Maria deSilva (b. 1951), Italian car designer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
    4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Desilva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desilva 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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