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What does Melva mean?

Melva Pronunciation of Melva [mel-va] as a girls' name is pronounced MEL-vah. It is of English origin. Variant of Melvina (Celtic) "chieftain", which is also a variant of Malvina.


Melva has 4 variants: Malvina, Melva, Melvena and Melvina.

Affiliated girl names: Malva and Melba.

6 more relations via Malvina: Mal, Malva, Malvie, Mel, Melvie and Melvine.

Creative forms:
(female) Melma, Melsa, ..

(male) Melmo, Melta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Melva Lauren (M.L.), ..

How popular is Melva?

Melva is a very prominent first name for women (#851 out of 4276, Top 20%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Melva reached its highest rank of #398 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melva name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Melva listed in the Top 2000 are Malva, Malvina, Melba and Melvina. Other forms, like Malvie, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Melva reached its most widespread in the 1920s (usage of 0.09%), but now, forms like Melva have become less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melva, Malvina, Melba, Melvina in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alva, Bellva, Belva, Deva, Eeva, Elva, Keeva, Keva, Mala, Malea, Malia, Malka, Marva, Mea, Meara, Meave, Mecca, Meda, Medea, Media, Meeca, Meeka, Meelia, Meena, Meera, Meica, Meira, Mekea, Mela, Melana, Melesa, Melia, Melida, Melina, Melisa, Melita, Meliza, Mella, Mellba, Melli, Melly, Melosa, Melya, Melyta, Mena, Mera, Merla, Merna, Mesa, Meta, Meya, Meyta, Mila, Milka, Milla, Myla, Neiva, Neva, Olva, Reeva, Reva, Silva, Sylva, Ulva, Veeva, Yeva and Zeeva. These names tend to be less frequently used than Melva.

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