Meaning and name origin
Silva \s(i)-lva, sil-va\ as a girl's name is of Italian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Silva is "woodland, forest; woods, forest". Silva is a variant of Silvana (Italian): feminine of Silvanus. Also a variant of Silvia (Latin): variant of Sylvia.
Silva is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2740 out of 4276, Top 64%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#254 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).