Meaning and Name Origin
Alva \a-lva, al-va\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' 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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Alvarita.
Alva is a very popular first name for women (#1172 out of 4276, Top 27%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#7632 out of 88799, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Alva for girls. Alva reached its top rank of #399 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Alva and related names. Popular alternative forms of Alva ranked in the Top 1000 are Allie (#257 the previous year), Elva, Albina, Alba and Ailbhe. Usage of these girl names was at its apex during the years 1890-1899 and has become much lower since, with the forms Elva, Alva, Albina and Alba becoming less in vogue. Allie (#257) is the most chic baby name in this compilation, with this name going through a revival in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Alva▼ is alike in pronunciation to Alvie, Elvah, Elvi, Elvia, Olva and Ulva. Other recommended similar baby names are Ala, Albia, Alda▼, Alea, Alfa, Alfi, Alfy, Alia▲, Alivia▲, Alla, Alma▼, Alpha▼, Alta▼, Alufa, Alvar, Alya, Alyvia and Ava▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alva.