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, Alor, .. 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)
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. 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.