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Meaning and name origin

Alva \a-lva, al-va\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Alva), is pronounced AL-vah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Alva is "white". Anglicized form of the traditional name Ailbhe, derived from Old Irish albho. In medieval times this was a boy's name, but now it is used more for girls.

Alva has 7 variant forms: Alba, Albina, Albine, Albinia, Allie, Alvah and Alvit.

For more information, see also the related girl name Alvarita.


Alva is a very popular first name for females (#1172 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7632 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alva for girls (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alva name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Alva outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Alva and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ailbhe, Alba, Albina, Allie and Alva. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alba, Albina, Allie, Alva in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ailbhe, Allie, Alva outside U.S.

Similar Names

Alva is also pronounced similarly to Alvie, Alvy, Elva, Elvah, Elvi, Elvia, Elvy, Olva and Ulva. Other suggested similar baby names are Ala, Albia, Alby, Alda, Alea, Alfa, Alfi, Alfy, Alia, Alivia, Alla, Alma, Alpha, Alta, Alufa, Alvar, Alya and Ava. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alva.


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