What does Elvira mean?
Elvira [el-vi-ra] 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.
(female) Elvita, Elvra, ..
(male) Elvier, Elvima, ..
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. Demographics)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Elvira for girls. Elvira reached its highest rank of #262 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Alvira, Elaine (#654 last year), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elenora, Ella (#17), Elli (#1728), Ellie (#55), Elna, Elnora, Elora (#1083), Elva, Elvera, Elvie and Elvina are the prominent variation forms of Elvira. Other forms, like Ellin, are uncommon. These forms of Elvira are at the peak of their popularity presently (average #1358), except for forms like Elaine which have become less stylish. Ella is the clear favorite, although Elena seems to be getting popular too.
Elvira▼ is pronounced similarly to Alvara and Alvera. Other recommended names are Almira, Alvina▼, Alvita, Edira, Eira, Elaina▲, Elberga (see Alberga), Elberta, Eldora, Eleisa, Eleora, Elfre, Elfrea (see Alfreda), Elfrida, Elgiva, Elia, Elida, Elika, Elina, Eliora, Elisa, Elita, Eliza▲, Ellia, Ellina, Elliora, Ellita, Elliza, Ellura, Elmera, Elmina, Elmira▼, Elmyra, Eloisa, Elpida, Elrica, Elvena, Elvi, Elvia, Elviana, Elvine, Elvinia, Elvis, Elzina, Ervina, Evia, Evina, Evita and Gevira. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elvira.