What does Silva mean?

Definitions for Silva
ˈsɪl vəsil·va

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Silva.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. silva, sylvanoun

    the forest trees growing in a country or region


  1. silvanoun

    The forest trees of a particular area


  1. Silva

    Silva is a surname in Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Portugal and Brazil. It is derived from the Latin word silva, meaning "forest" or "woodland". It is the family name of the House of Silva. The name is also widespread in Galician-speaking regions of Spain (mostly in Galicia) and even more so in regions of the former Portuguese Empire in the Americas (being the most common surname in Brazil), in Africa and Asia, notably in India and Sri Lanka. It is also quite common in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Movement of people has led to the name being used in many places. Due to emigration from Portuguese-speaking countries, Silva (and the variants Da Silva and De Silva) is the fifth most common surname in the French department of Val-de-Marne, outside Paris, and it was the 19th most common family name given to newborns between 1966 and 1990 in France. It is also the seventh most common surname (and the most common non-German, non-French) in Luxembourg. It is also among the top 20 surnames in Andorra, Angola, Cape Verde and Switzerland.


  1. silva

    Silva, also pronounced as "sylva", is a Latin word that means "forest" or "woodland". It is often used in scientific or literary contexts to refer to a group of trees or a forested area. Additionally, Silva is also a common surname in Portuguese and Spanish-speaking countries.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silvanoun

    the forest trees of a region or country, considered collectively

  2. Silvanoun

    a description or history of the forest trees of a country

  3. Etymology: [L., properly, a wood, forest.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SILVA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Silva is ranked #163 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Silva surname appeared 161,633 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 55 would have the surname Silva.

    61.3% or 99,146 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    32.6% or 52,709 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 3,281 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 3,249 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 2,618 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 630 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Salvi

  2. vails

  3. vials

  4. slavi

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Silva in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Silva in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Silva in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Lundberg:

    The state shouldn't come in and say to the individual businessman, 'You must violate your religious — and I'll say religious-slash-moral convictions. This baker (Silva), thought that was a violation of their moral convictions. The other baker, which we all know very well because of all the stories, clearly that was a violation of their religious convictions.

  2. Da Silva:

    On Monday, the water was just crazy. And yesterday morning I got here, everything was fine, my garage was still here, the other part of the house was still here, and it just couldn't stop raining, and then an hour and a half later, everything poof( vanished) because the rain just hasn't stopped. Johan Fourie said Da Silva fled Da Silva home in Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu-Natal, just before part of it collapsed.

  3. Omar Monteiro:

    May Da Silva make Brazil move again, may Da Silva make Brazil flow again, may Da Silva make people smile, may Da Silva make the GDP flow, may Da Silva make the economy flow, jobs come back, may Da Silva make everything go back to normal.

  4. Moyses Henriques:

    Really, this was an act of despair, as (Silva) is facing a sentence of 73 years, and he recently got another 25 years more.

  5. Brenda Romero:

    I'm also disappointed by the attacks from senior staffers on the Sanders campaign on Astrid Silva, it shows how disconnected they are from Nevada, and they should apologize to her. There is no room for hate between DREAMers in this campaign.

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