Meaning and name origin
Elvira \e-lvi-ra, el-vira\ as a girl's 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.
Elvira is a very popular first name for females (#460 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#21621 out of 88799, Top 24%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Elvira for girls. Elvira reached its highest rank of #252 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elvira and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ella (#17), Eleanor (#78), Elvina, Elvie, Elva, Elvira and Elvera. (2014 statistics).