Silva

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Silva
Coat of arms of Silva.svg
Coat of arms associated to Silva surname
Origin
Region of originPortugal
Meaning"forest, woodland or jungle"
Other names
Variant(s)Zilva

Silva, de Silva and da Silva are surnames in Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Portugal[1][2][3] and Brazil.[4][5] It is derived from the Latin word silva, meaning 'forest' or 'woodland'.

It is also widespread in Portuguese-speaking regions of Spain (mostly in Galicia) and even more widespread 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. (See also: Luso-Indian, Portuguese in Sri Lanka)

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,[6] and it was the 19th most common family name given to newborns between 1966 and 1990 in France. (See: Portuguese in France) It is also the 7th most common surname (and the most common non-German, non-French) in Luxembourg. (See: Portuguese Luxembourger) It is also among the top 20 surnames in Andorra, Angola, Cape Verde

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Many people on this list are not generally known as Silva.[7]

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  1. ^ Saiba quais são os 3 sobrenomes mais comuns em 64 diferentes países. Archived 2013-08-17 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ © 2005 SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INFORMAÇÃO ECONÓMICA S.A. - SPIE (in Portuguese).
  3. ^ Os 100 Apelidos mais frequentes da População Portuguesa Archived 2013-02-28 at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese).
  4. ^ O ProJovem é Silva, Santos... Archived 2013-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese).
  5. ^ Descubra como surgiram os Silva, os Araújo, os Fernandes, os Batista, os Carneiro... Archived 2013-10-22 at the Wayback Machine. (in Portuguese).
  6. ^ Number of Da Silva in France
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=145618
  9. ^ http://www.island.lk/2002/05/05/sports08.html

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.