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Silva Family History

Silva Name Meaning
Portuguese, Galician, and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of the many places called Silva, or a topographic name from silva ‘thicket’, ‘bramble’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

2,351,392 Historical Documents with Silva on Ancestry.com
1,754,033 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
29,295 Military Records
112,351 Immigration Records
181,409 Census and Voter Lists
274,304 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Silva Families

  • Number of Silva families
     871 - 1,740
     291 - 870
     1 - 290
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Silva families
     16 - 30
     6 - 15
     1 - 5
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Silva families
     3 - 4
     2 - 2
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Silva census records

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Silva Family Origin

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Silva Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Silva

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Silva Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Silva census records

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Silva Civil War Service Records

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