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pinWhat does Alva mean?

Alva /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.


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

Affiliated girl name: Alvarita.

Alva has 7 more alternative forms via Ailbhe: Ailbe, Alby, Alvy, Elli, Elva, Elvy and Oilbhe.

Kreatif forms: Alvaae, Alvana. [more]

pinHow popular is Alva?

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 (#6796 out of 150436, Top 5%). (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. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Alva and related names. Popular alternative forms of Alva ranked in the Top 1000 are Allie (#257 2 years ago), Elva, Albina, Alba and Ailbhe. Other forms, like Elvy, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Alva was at its apex during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.4643%) and is somewhat less today (usage 0.1238%, 73.3%), with the forms Alba, Albina, Elva and Alva becoming less in vogue. Allie is a perennial favorite. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

pinSimilar Names

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, Ava and Ayva. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alva.