Silva

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Silva
Family name
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Coat of arms associated to Silva surname
Meaning "jungle, forest or woodland"
Region of origin Portugal

Silva is the most common surname in the Portuguese language, namely in Portugal[1][2][3] and Brazil.[4][5]

It is also widespread in regions of the former Portuguese Empire in America, Africa and Asia, including India and Sri Lanka. Movement of people has led to the name being used in many places; da Silva is the fifth most common surname in the French Département Val-de-Marne[6] and it ranked 19th for the number of births between 1966 and 1990 in France.

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Many people on this list are not generally known as Silva.[8]

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  1. ^ Saiba quais são os 3 sobrenomes mais comuns em 64 diferentes países..
  2. ^ © 2005 SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INFORMAÇÃO ECONÓMICA S.A. - SPIE (in Portuguese).
  3. ^ Os 100 Apelidos mais frequentes da População Portuguesa (in Portuguese).
  4. ^ O ProJovem é Silva, Santos... (in Portuguese).
  5. ^ Descubra como surgiram os Silva, os Araújo, os Fernandes, os Batista, os Carneiro... (in Portuguese).
  6. ^ Number of Da Silva in France
  7. ^ "Distinguished Americans & Canadians of Portuguese Descent". Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2008-01-09. 
  8. ^ In Brazil, sportspeople, especially footballers, are frequently referred to by their apelido/alcunha, a one- or two-word appellation that may be part of their real name or a nickname. For example, Roberto Carlos da Silva is better known as Roberto Carlos, Marta Vieira da Silva as Marta, José Roberto da Silva Júnior as Zé Roberto, and Nélson de Jesus Silva as Dida. Ayrton Senna da Silva is a slightly different case; he chose to be known professionally by his mother's family name of Senna.

Bibliography[edit]

  • BOUZA ZERRANO, José. Da Descendência de Don Francisco Prieto Gayoso'. Edição do Autor, 1ª Edição, Lisboa, 1980.
  • COROMINES, Joan. Onomasticon Cataloniæ (vol. I-VIII). Barcelona: 1994.
  • SOUSA, Manuel de. As origens dos apelidos das famílias portuguesas. Sporpress, 2001.
  • TÁVORA, D. Luis de Lancastre e. Dicionário das Famílias Portuguesas. Quetzal Editores, 2ª Edição, Lisboa, pág. 324.