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What does Elva mean?

Elva \e-lva, 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".


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

For more on this name, see also related girl names Elvis, Alfreda and Elfrida.

Elva has 16 more alternative forms via Ailbhe, Elvira: Ailbe, Alby, Alva, Alvira, Alvy, Ella, Elli, Ellvira, Elveera, Elvera, Elvina, Elvire, Elvyra, Elwira, Lira and Oilbhe.


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. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Elva for girls. Elva reached its top rank of #191 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Ella (#17 last year), Elvie, Elvina, Elvira, Elvia, Alfreda, Alva, Ailbhe and Elvera are the prominent variation forms of Elva. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.4105%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.0983%, down 76.1%), with versions such as Alva, Elvera, Alfreda, Elva and Elvina falling out of fashion. Ella (#17) is the most chic girl name in this compilation, with this name undergoing a revival in popularity. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Elva and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Alfreda, Alva, Ella, Elva, Elvera, Elvia, Elvie, 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, Elvah, Elvi, Olva and Ulva. Other recommended similar baby names are Eeva, Ela, Elba, Elbe, Elga, Elia, Elka, Ellba, Elma, Elna, Elsa, Elza and Eva. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elva.