Silvis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Silvis family

The surname Silvis was first found in the town of Silva in the Portuguese province of Valenca do Minho. The name of the town is derived from the Portuguese word 'silva,' which means 'forest,' and indicating that the area was once heavily forested.

Early History of the Silvis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Silvis research. Another 36 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1647, 1717, 1673, 1731 and 1799 are included under the topic Early Silvis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Silvis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Da Silva, De Silva, Silva, Silveira and others.

Early Notables of the Silvis family (pre 1700)

Prominent members of the family include Pedro da Silva (c.1647-1717), born in Lisbon and settling in New France prior to 1673, he was the first post courier in...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Silvis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Silvis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Silvis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Silvis, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Silvis (post 1700) +

  • Randall Silvis, American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and teacher from Madison Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize in 1984 for his first book
  • Johannes "Jos" Silvis (b. 1953), Dutch law professor and jurist, Attorney General of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands (2016-)


  1. ^ 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)


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