What does Elvira mean?
Elvira /elvi-ra/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced el-VYE-rah, el-VEER-ah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Elvira is "truly foreign". Spanish name of Visigothic origin, probably from ali meaning "other, foreign", as in Eleanor, and wêr meaning "true". The name was common in the Middle Ages and first used in the English-speaking world in the 19th century, when it was made familiar as the name of Don Juan's wife in a number of operas and poems.
How popular is Elvira?
Elvira is a very prominent first name for women (#460 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#37200 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Elvira for girls. Elvira reached its highest rank of #252 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Elaine (#654 last year), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elenora, Ella (#17), Ellie (#55), Elna, Elnora, Elva, Elvera, Elvie and Elvina are the prominent variation forms of Elvira. Forms like Elora are uncommon. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.5463%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.3135%, ▼42.6%), with forms like Elva, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina and Elvira becoming somewhat outmoded. Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Ella (#17) and Ellie (#55) are four of the more fashionable names for newborns in this list, with Eleanor, Ella and Ellie going through a rekindling in usage. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Elvira and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)