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."
Early Origins of the Selva family
The surname Selva was first found in Leon and Galicia
, important Christian kingdoms of mediaeval Spain.
Early History of the Selva family
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.
Selva Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Selva family (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.
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
- Jose Selva, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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