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What does Elva mean?

Elva /el-va/ as a girls' name is pronounced EL-vah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Elva is "white". Anglicization of Ailbhe. Also used as a nickname for Elvira, which means "truly foreign".

Associated with: irish, white


Elva has 5 variants: Ailbhe, Elfie, Elvia, Elvie and Elvy.

Related girl names: Elvis, Alfreda and Elfrida.

Elva has 14 more alternative forms via Ailbhe, Elvira: Alby, Alva, Alvira, Alvy, Ella, Elli, Ellvira, Elveera, Elvera, Elvina, Elvire, Elvyra, Elwira and Lira.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Eleva, Eloiva, ..

(male) Elevi, Elevo, ..

How popular is Elva?

Elva is a very prominent first name for women (#553 out of 4276, Top 13%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Elva for girls. Elva reached its top rank of #184 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elva name in U.S.

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

Ella (#17 from recent data), Elli (#1728), Elvia, Elvie, Elvina, Elvira, Elvera, Alvira, Elfie, Alfreda, Ailbhe and Alva are the prominent variation forms of Elva. Other forms, like Alby, are uncommon. These relations of Elva were at the apex of their popularity 134 years ago (usage of 1%) and are somewhat less widespread today (usage 0.6%, 32%), with versions such as Alfreda falling out of fashion. Ella is more widely used than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elva, Alfreda, Alva, Alvira, Elfie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ella, Elli, Elvera, Elvia, Elvie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elvina, Elvira in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Elva is pronounced similarly to Alvah, Alvie, Elvah, Elvi, Olevia, Olva and Ulva. Other recommended names are Ava, Ayva, Cleva, Clova, Deva, Dova, Ealga, Eba, Eda, Edma, Edna, Eeva, Efa, Efua, Eira, Ela, Elah, Elana, Elba, Elbe, Elda, Elena, Elga, Elia, Elika, Elin, Elisa, Elita, Eliz, Eliza, Elka, Elke, Ellan, Ellba, Elle, Ellga, Ellma, Ellsa, Elma, Elna, Elona, Elora, Elsa, Elsha, Elssa, Elyza, Elza, Ema, Emma, Enya, Erga, Eulia, Euna, Eva, Evia, Ewa, Iva, Keva, Kiva, Klava, Liva, Melva, Nova, Riva, Silva, Sylva, Wava and Ziva. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elva.