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.
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)
Silvia and Sylvia (#493 from recent data) are the prominent alternative forms of Silva (outside Top 1000). Other forms, like Zilvia, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Silva was more pronounced during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.68%) and has become significantly reduced since (usage 0.25%, 62.5% less). Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Silva and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Silva is pronounced similarly to Sallvia and Salvia. Other recommended similar baby names are Malva, Seila, Selda, Shalva, Shila, Siana, Sile, Silia, Silja and Silya. These names tend to be less frequently used than Silva.