Silva

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Silva

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  • A submission from India says the name Silva means "Silva"beauty of nature" Silva"shining like silver"" and is of Unknown origin.
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Silva is of Latin origin and means "Forest".
  • A user from Idaho, United States says the name Silva is of Unknown origin and means "Baby tree".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sil"va
The forest trees of a region or country, considered collectively.A description or history of the forest trees of a country.

Etymology: L., properly, a wood, forest

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The forest trees growing in a country or region
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.

Silva was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Silva

Sylva Koscina was an actress and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to 1955. Sylva was given the name Silva Košćina on August 22nd, 1933 in Split, Kingdom of Yugoslavia. She breathed her last breath on December 26th, 1994.

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Silva Kaputikyan was a lyric poetry writer. Silva was given the name Sirvard Kaputikyan on January 20th, 1919 in Yerevan. She breathed her last breath on August 25th, 2006.

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Silva Hakobyan is a pop music musician. Silva was born in 1988 in Vayk.

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Silva was born on July 25th, 1948 in Setúbal.

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He died in 1922.

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Silva was born on November 5th, 1948.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Silva

Anderson Silva is a martial artist. Anderson was born on April 14th, 1975 in São Paulo, Brazil.

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David Silva is a soccer player for the Manchester City F.C., Valencia CF, Valencia CF Mestalla, SD Eibar, Celta de Vigo, Spain national under-16 football team, Spain national under-17 football team, and Spain national under-19 football team. David was born on January 8th, 1986 in Arguineguín, Spain.

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Wanderlei Silva is a martial artist. Wanderlei was born on July 3rd, 1976 in Curitiba, Brazil.

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Antônio was born on September 14th, 1979 in Brasília.

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a public speaker and politician. Luiz was born on October 27th, 1945 in Caetés, Pernambuco, Brazil.

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Thiago Silva is a soccer player for the Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Fluminense FC, Pedrabranca Futebol Clube, Esporte Clube Juventude, FC Porto B, FC Dynamo Moscow, A.C. Milan, Brazil national under-23 football team, and Brazil national football team. Thiago was born on September 22nd, 1984 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thiago is also known as Emiliano da Silva and Thiago.

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How popular is the baby name Silva in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1892 5 5 0
1902 6 6 0
1905 6 6 0
1907 7 7 0
1908 5 5 0
1911 6 6 0
1912 8 8 0
1913 6 6 0
1914 7 7 0
1915 9 9 0
1916 9 9 0
1917 11 11 0
1918 10 10 0
1919 5 5 0
1920 13 13 0
1921 8 8 0
1922 11 11 0
1923 7 7 0
1924 12 12 0
1925 10 10 0
1926 8 8 0
1927 6 6 0
1928 9 9 0
1929 7 7 0
1930 12 12 0
1931 6 6 0
1932 6 6 0
1933 10 10 0
1935 6 6 0
1936 6 6 0
1937 13 13 0
1938 7 7 0
1939 8 8 0
1940 9 9 0
1941 6 6 0
1942 9 9 0
1949 5 5 0
1950 6 6 0
1953 8 8 0
1954 7 7 0
1955 9 9 0
1956 6 6 0
1957 12 12 0
1958 9 9 0
1959 12 12 0
1960 10 10 0
1961 15 15 0
1962 16 16 0
1963 13 13 0
1964 17 17 0
1965 9 9 0
1966 12 12 0
1967 18 18 0
1968 17 17 0
1969 19 19 0
1970 8 8 0
1971 15 15 0
1972 13 13 0
1973 8 8 0
1974 14 14 0
1975 13 13 0
1976 12 12 0
1977 15 15 0
1978 11 11 0
1979 16 16 0
1980 8 8 0
1982 11 11 0
1983 16 16 0
1984 9 9 0
1985 11 11 0
1986 11 11 0
1987 12 12 0
1988 13 13 0
1989 15 15 0
1990 16 16 0
1991 11 11 0
1992 19 19 0
1993 13 13 0
1994 9 9 0
1995 11 11 0
1996 7 7 0
1997 6 6 0
2000 8 8 0
2001 5 5 0
2002 10 10 0
2005 6 6 0
2006 6 6 0
2012 5 5 0
2013 6 6 0
2015 6 6 0
2016 6 6 0
2017 6 6 0

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Popularity of Silva as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Silva U.S.
  White 32.61% 64.26%
  African American 2.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.01% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 61.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Silva

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

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Fun Facts about the name Silva

  • How Popular is the name Silva? Silva is the 11,307th most popular name of all time. As a last name Silva was the 163rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Silva have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 896 babies born with the first name Silva in the United States. That's more than enough people named Silva to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Silva? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Silva first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Silva is Wednesday, September 1st, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Silva born? The highest recorded use of the first name Silva was in 1969 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Random Silva Factoid: According to the 1990 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Silva is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 12 babies in California have the same name as you in 1990.
  • Weird things about the name Silva: Your name in reverse order is Avlis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sivla. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Silva? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 161,633 people with the last name Silva.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Silva? Silva was ranked as the 163rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.