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From the historical and enchanting region of 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."

Selva Early Origins



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

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Selva Spelling Variations


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Selva Spelling Variations



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

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Selva Early History


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Selva Early History



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

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Selva Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Selva 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 Selva 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:

Selva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jose Selva, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name Selva (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Selva (post 1700)



  • Steve Selva (b. 1948), American biologist, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Maine
  • Gustavo Selva (b. 1926), Italian politician, journalist and writer
  • Antonio Selva (1824-1889), Italian operatic bass
  • Andrtea "Andy" Selva (b. 1976), San Marino football player

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Selva Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
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    The Selva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Selva 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.

    This page was last modified on 29 August 2016 at 08:37.

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