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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."

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

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Silva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silva Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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
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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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • António Maria da Silva (1886-1971), Portuguese actor
  • Francisco V Silva, Argentine historian
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Silva Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • 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

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas James Silva, American 1st Class Passenger from Thomasville, Georgia, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • Silva Descendants: Portuguese Genealogy by Henrietta Mello Mayer.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
    10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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    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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