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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Selva

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  • A user from India says the name Selva is of English origin and means "Cool".
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  1. A rain forest in a tropical area

From Spanish selva.

  1. Heavily forested ground in the Amazon basin.

selva was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Catalan, Italian, Latvian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Selva


Selva Judith Forstmann was a from Santa Cruz Province and Argentine Senate. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Selva was born in 1945. She breathed her last breath on April 10th, 2009.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Selva



Andy Selva is a soccer player for the S.P. La Fiorita, U.S. Latina Calcio, A.S.D. Flaminia Civita Castellana, Alma Juventus Fano 1906, U.S. Catanzaro 1929, S.S.D. Tivoli Calcio 1919, San Marino Calcio, S.S. Maceratese 1922, F.C. Grosseto S.S.D., A.C. Bellaria Igea Marina, S.P.A.L. 2013, and Calci. Andy was born on May 25th, 1976 in Rome.


Vincent Selva is a film director. He has been prominent since 1998.


Rajesh Selva is a film director, screenwriter, and director. Rajesh was born in Tamil Nadu. Rajesh is also known as Rajesh M. Selva.


Salomón de la Selva was a poet and honorary. Salomón was born on March 20th, 1893 in León, Nicaragua. He left this life in 1959.


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Popularity of Selva as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Selva U.S.
  White 37.09% 64.26%
  African American 1.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.28% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 55.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Selva

People with the last name Selva are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Selva

  • How Popular is the name Selva? Selva is the 46,055th most popular name of all time. As a last name Selva was the 25,187th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Selva have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54 babies born with the first name Selva in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Selva? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1934 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Selva first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Selva is Sunday, July 2nd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Selva born? The highest recorded use of the first name Selva was in 1937 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Selva: Your name in reverse order is Avles. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Savel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Selva? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 984 people with the last name Selva.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Selva? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Selva as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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