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What does Silva mean?

Silva Pronunciation of Silva 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): variation of Sylvia.


ASSOCIATED WITH forest (tree)


VARIANTS Zylvia, Zilvia, Sylvie, Sylvee, Sylva, Silvya, Silvy, Silvie, Silvi

RELATED FORMS VIA SILVANA, SILVIA, SYLVIA Silvaine, Silvania, Silvanna, Silviana, Silvija, Silvina, Sirvana, Sylvana, Sylvina, Sylwia

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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?

Silvia (#1394 FROM RECENT DATA), Sylva, Sylvia (#490) and Sylvie (#897) 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 (USAGE 0.1%, 79.9% LESS). Sylvia has been the overall favorite, though Sylvie has grown trendy as well over time, while Sylvia is no longer trendy. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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 sound-alike 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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