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Origins Available: Portuguese, Spanish
From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Silva family. The original bearer of the name Silva, 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 Silva 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 Silva 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 Silva research. Another 349 words (25 lines of text) covering the year 1796 is included under the topic Early Silva History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
- Jerónimo de Silva, who emigrated to Peru in 1560
- Diego de Silva, settled in Peru in 1561
- María de Silva, moved to Hispaniola in 1562
- Juan de Silva Correa, moved to Florida in 1563
- Antonio de Silva, settled in New Spain in 1566
Silva Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Isaac Gomes Silva, who landed in Jamaica in 1742-1743
- Joshua Gomez Silva, who landed in Jamaica in 1742
- Antonio De Silva, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
- John Roix Silva, who arrived in New York in 1792
- Joze Roiz Silva, who landed in New York in 1792
Silva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Juan De Silva, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803
- Manuel Silva, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
- Pedro De Silva, who arrived in America in 1814
- Maria Silva, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816-1826
- Juana Rosa Silva, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816-1821
Silva Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Manuel Silva, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
Silva Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- R. Silva arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Abernyte" in 1876
- H. Silva arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1881
- Algernon Silva arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1881
- Augustus Silva arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1881
- Esther Silva arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1881
- Mr. Thomas James Silva (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from Thomasville, Georgia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Daniel Silva (b. 1960), the best-selling American author
- James Della Silva, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Alaska State Senate District M, 2000
- Héctor "Lito" Silva (1940-2015), Uruguayan football forward who played for Uruguay in the 1962 and 1966 FIFA World Cups
- Mr. Charles D Silva (1887-1917), Welsh Steward aboard the SS Middleton Castle from Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
- Carlos Alfredo Feraud Silva (b. 1990), Ecuadorian footballer
- Arménio Adroaldo Vieira e Silva (b. 1941), Portuguese journalist
- Manuel Pereira da Silva (1920-2003), Portuguese sculptor
- Francisco Manuel da Silva (1795-1865), songwriter and music professor from Rio de Janeiro
- Douglas Silva (b. 1988), Brazilian Emmy-nominated actor
- Silva Descendants: Portuguese Genealogy by Henrietta Mello Mayer.
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- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
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- Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
- Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
- de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
- Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
The Silva Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Silva 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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