Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Selva family. The original bearer of the name Selva, 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 Selva 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 Selva was derived from the Latin word "silva," which meant "wood."
Early Origins of the Selva family
Galicia, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.
Early History of the Selva family
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Selva Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Silva, Silvera and others.
Early Notables of the Selva family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Selva family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Selva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Selva (post 1700)
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