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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

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

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Where is the Silva family from?

You can see how Silva families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Silva family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Silva families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 25 Silva families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 60% of all the recorded Silva's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Silva families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Silva surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Silva ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Silva. 78% of Silva men worked as a Farmer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
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Census Records

There are 183,000 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 Lists

There are 129,000 immigration records available for the last name Silva. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 29,000 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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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.

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