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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.


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

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Alvarita.

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


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)

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 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)

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

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

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