The name is derived from the Latin, Silverius, which may possibly be from the Latin word, silva, meaning “forest; woods.”
Its occasional modern usage in English speaking countries is more likely due to its association with the English for the precious metal of the same name.
The name was borne by a few early saints, the most notable be Pope Saint Silver (536-537).
Other forms of the name include:
The designated name-days are June 20 (France) and December 31 (Estonia).
A feminine form is the Spanish/Italian Silveria.