What 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.
Affiliated girl name: Alvarita.Creative forms:
(female) Aalva, Arva, ..
(male) Alavi, Alvaan, .. Middle name pairings:
Alva Stella (A.S.), ..
How 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. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Shown below is a study of the ranking of Alva and related names. Popular alternative forms of Alva ranked in the Top 2000 are Allie (#255 from current records), Alba (#1452), Elva, Elli, Ailbhe and Albina. Other forms, like Alvy, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Alva was at its apex in the 1900s (usage of 0.18%) and has become much reduced since (usage 0.08%, ▼56.1%), with forms like Alva going out of style. Allie is the most chic baby name in this compilation.
Alva▼ is alike in pronunciation to Alvie, Elvah, Elvi, Elvia, Elvie, Olevia, Olva and Ulva. Other recommended names are Aalya, Abia, Abra, Ada▼, Adia, Adiva, Ailsa, Aja, Akiva, Ala, Alah, Alaia▲, Albia, Alda▼, Aldea, Alea, Aleta, Alfa, Alfi, Alfy (see Alfreda), Ali, Alia▲, Alica, Alina▲, Alivia▲, Alla, Allta, Alma▼, Aloe, Alona, Alpha▼, Alta▼, Alufa, Aluma, Alvar, Alvara, Alvena, Alvera, Alya, Alyvia▲, Amya, Ania, Anka, Ara▼, Arda, Aria▲, Arna, Arya▲, Asa, Assa, Asta, Ava▲, Aya▲, Ayva▲, Aza, Belva▼, Cleva, Hava, Kiva, Liva, Malva, Melva▼, Reva▼, Tova, Viva▼, Wava and Ziva. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alva.See names in meaning and etymology.