What does Silva mean?
Silva \s(i)-lva, sil-va\ as a girls' name is of Italian and Latin origin, and Silva means "woodland, forest; woods, forest". Silva is a form of Silvana (Italian): feminine of Silvanus. Silva is also a variant of Silvia (Latin): variant of Sylvia.
Silva has 19 more related forms via Silvana, Silvia, Sylvia: Silvaine, Silvania, Silvanna, Silvestra, Silviana, Silvianne, Silvija, Silvina, Sirvana, Sirvanna, Sylvana, Sylvanna, Sylvette, Sylviana, Sylvianne, Sylvina, Sylvine, Sylvonna and Sylwia.
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 (#254 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Silvia and Sylvia (#493 last year) are the prominent alternative forms of Silva (#unlisted). Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during 1950-1959 and has become significantly lower since, with the versions Silvia and Sylvia becoming less fashionable. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Silva and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)