Surname statistics for Silva

There are approximately 6,734 people named Silva in the UK. That makes it the 1,581th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 107 are named Silva.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)67341581N/A107
United Kingdom (1881 census)8322384less than 0.0013
Change since 1881+6651+20803+0.011+104
Other Countries
United States126164214N/A468

Top male forenames

Carlos Silva
Jose Silva
Luis Silva
Fernando Silva
Paulo Silva
Ricardo Silva
Joao Silva
Andre Silva
Pedro Silva
Mario Silva
Eduardo Silva
Vitor Silva
Marco Silva
Miguel Silva
Geraldo Silva
Bruno Silva
Rui Silva
Anthony Silva
Marcio Silva
Marcos Silva

Top female forenames

Maria Silva
Ana Silva
Linda Silva
Patricia Silva
Paula Silva
Jacqueline Silva
Gail Silva
Rui Silva
Sally Silva
Claudia Silva
Angela Silva
Sonia Silva
Samantha Silva
Rita Silva
Rachel Silva
Sangeeta Silva
Silvia Silva
Matilda Silva
Marina Silva
Andreia Silva


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.