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Where did the Spanish Desilva family come from? What is the Spanish Desilva family crest and coat of arms? When did the Desilva family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Desilva family history?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."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Silva, Silvera and others.
First found in Leon and Galicia, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.
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.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Desilva Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Desilva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Desilva Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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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