- RenatoLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
It is a Portuguese last name. The most common last name in Portugal and Brazil. Here in orphanages, if a child does not have a last name, they name the kid 'whatever da Silva'Source(s): Im Brazilian
- ?Lv 51 decade ago
As far as I know, Silva is a surname coming from Galicia, a province in northwestern Spain. However, Galicia and Portugal were once part of a same kingdome. Therefore, it is both Spanish and Portuguese.
- DahliaLv 71 decade ago
Yes, it's even the most common Portuguese surname.
- ?Lv 41 decade ago
yes, one of my subway coffee students is sri lankan christian and has the surname de silva from the portugese colony on the island. It surely comes from the latin word 'silva' meaning 'woods'.
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- 1 decade ago
Yes, it can be. However, I have a half-Mexican friend who has this surname, so I'm pretty sure it's Spanish too.
- roderick_youngLv 71 decade ago
Yes, 95% sure.