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What does Silva mean?

Silva Pronunciation of 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).


Silva has 9 variants: Silvi, Silvie, Silvy, Silvya, Sylva, Sylvee, Sylvie, Zilvia and Zylvia.

10 more related forms via Silvana, Silvia, Sylvia: Silvaine, Silvania, Silvanna, Silviana, Silvija, Silvina, Sirvana, Sylvana, Sylvina and Sylwia.

Creative forms:
(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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Silvia, Sylva, Sylvia, Sylvie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Silva and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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