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De Silva Name Meaning

Altered form of Portuguese Da Silva . This surname is common in western India where it was taken by Portuguese colonists.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Da Silva, De Sa, Silva, De Sena, Silvas, Davila, Da Villa, De Lima

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Where is the De Silva family from?

You can see how De Silva families moved over time by selecting different census years. The De Silva family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most De Silva families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 8 De Silva families living in Lancashire. This was about 89% of all the recorded De Silva's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of De Silva families in 1891.
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name De Silva. Like a window into their day-to-day life, De Silva census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name De Silva. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name De Silva. For the veterans among your De Silva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average De Silva lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, De Silva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1977, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for De Silva in 1953 was 61, and 83 in 2004.

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