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Meaning and Name Origin

Elvira \e-lvi-ra, el-vira\ 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 wr 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.


Elvira has 12 variants: Alvira, Ella, Ellvira, Elva, Elveera, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina, Elvire, Elvyra, Elwira and Lira.

Elvira has 38 more related forms via Eleanor: Aline, El, Elaine, Elanor, Eleanora, Elen, Elena, Eleni, Elenor, Elenora, Elenore, Eleonora, Elianora, Elienora, Elinor, Elinore, Elle, Ellen, Ellene, Ellenora, Elli, Ellie, Ellin, Elliner, Ellinor, Ellinore, Elly, Ellyn, Elna, Elnora, Elora, Elyn, Enora, Lenora, Leora, Lina, Nora and Norina.


Elvira is a very prominent first name for women (#460 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#21621 out of 88799, Top 24%). (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. during 1900-1909, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elvira and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Elvira listed in the Top 1000 are Aline, Elaine (#654 last year), Eleanor (#78), Eleanora, Elena (#121), Elenor, Elenora, Eleonora, Elinor, Elinore, Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Ellinor, Elna, Elnora, Elva, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina, Lenora, Leora, Lina (#767) and Nora (#49). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1910-1919 and have become much less popular since, with forms like Elva, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina and Elvira becoming somewhat outmoded. The most fashionable names for newborns in this list are Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elle (#395), Ellie (#55) and Nora (#49), with Eleanor, Ellie and Nora going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aline, Elaine, Eleanor, Eleanora, Elena, Elenor, Elenora, Eleonora, Elinor, Elinore in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elna, Elnora, Elva, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elvira, Lenora, Leora, Lina, Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elaine, Eleanor, Ella, Elle, Ellen outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellie, Ellinor, Elvira, Lina, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elvira is pronounced similarly to Alvara and Alvera. Other recommended similar baby names are Elmira and Elvia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elvira.