Selva Family History

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Selva Name Meaning

Catalan and Italian: from any of various places in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, or northern Italy named Selva, as for instance the Catalan district La Selva, from selva ‘wood’, Latin silva.

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

Similar surnames: Salva, Serra, Selle, Silva, Sella, Sola, Sera, Serda, Sava, Delva

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Selva Family Origin

Where is the Selva family from?

Selva Family Occupations

What did your Selva ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Selva family was Laborer. Farmer, Job Work and Keeps House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Selva. The most common Selva occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Selva's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Job Work

  • Keeps House

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Selva ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Selva Historical Records

What Selva family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Selva. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selva census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Selva. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 528 military records available for the last name Selva. For the veterans among your Selva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Selva Life Expectancy

What is the average Selva lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Selva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Selva in 1962 was 75, and 80 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Selva

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Selva ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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