The name “Selva” is mentioned for the first time as an Arab farm (alcheria Xilvar) in the “Llibre del Repartiment” (1232).
Some etymologists maintain that it derives from the Latin word “Silva” meaning forest. However, others believe that the name derives from "Sèlver”, an old Pre-Roman name or also from the Proto-European name for silver. In the Muslim period Selva was part of the district of Inca and measured 30 “jobadas”. Jaume I, the Catalan king, divided Mallorca and gave Selva in equal parts to the knights Pere Nunis and Pere Laí. Traditionally the town has been formed by the areas of Camarata, Valella and es Puig.
This three areas are mentioned in documents in the 14th century. Their origin might date back to the town reorganization by the Christian settlers in the second half of the 13th century.
The farm of Selva soon became the most important centre of population in the area. The population and economic boom was caused by a decisive institutional decision: the foundation in 1300 of the village of Selva by King Jaume II. Source: “Historia de Selva (1229-1600)” by Ramon Rosselló and Jaume Albertí (Jaume Lladó i Ferragut research award 2001).