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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


Similar surnames: Silvas, Sola, Silla, Salva, Silvia, Villa, Sulla, Milia, Selva, Sima

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Silva Family Origin

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Silva Family Occupations

What did your Silva ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Laborer, Farmer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Silva. The most common Silva occupation in the USA was Laborer. 22% of Silva's were Laborers. A less common occupation for the Silva family was Fisherman.

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  • Laborer

    22%
  • Farmer

    21%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Fisherman

    3%

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

Silva Historical Records

What Silva family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Silva. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Silva 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Silva. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Silva. For the veterans among your Silva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Silva Life Expectancy

What is the average Silva lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Silva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Silva in 1941 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Silva

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Silva 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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