What does Silva mean?
Silva [sil-va] as a girls' name is of Italian and Latin origin, and Silva means "woodland, forest; woods, forest". Silva is an alternate form of Silvana (Italian): feminine of Silvanus. Silva is also a variant of Silvia (Latin): transcription of Sylvia.
Associated with: forest (tree).
(female) Selva, Silna, ..
(male) Silaph, Silsaf, .. Middle name pairings:
Silva Sandra (S.S.), ..
How popular is Silva?
Silva is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2740 out of 4276, Top 64%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#214 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related girl names. Silvia (#1392 from recent data), Sylva, Sylvia (#484) and Sylvie (#1183) are the prominent alternative forms of Silva (outside Top 2000). Other forms, like Sylvina, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Silva was more pronounced a century ago (usage of 0.3%) and has become significantly reduced since. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Silva is pronounced similarly to Sallvia and Salvia. Other recommended names are Alva▼, Belva▼, Elva▼, Jieva, Kiva, Liva, Malva, Melva▼, Olva, Riva, Salma▲, Seila, Sela, Selda, Selia, Selma▼, Shalva, Sheva, Shila, Shilea, Shilla, Siana, Siara, Sidra, Siena▲, Siera, Signa, Sile, Sileas, Silia, Silija, Siliya, Silja, Silke, Silkya, Sillia, Silver, Silya, Sima, Simla, Sina, Siria, Sitka, Solvag (see Solveig), Sula, Tikva, Ulva, Viva▼, Vivva and Ziva. These names tend to be less frequently used than Silva.See names in meaning and etymology.