Meaning and name origin
Alva \a-lva, al-va\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Alva), is pronounced AL-vah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Alva is "white". Also related to Latin Albin. Biblical name rarely used for men or women, in spite of Thomas Alva Edison's fame.
For more information, see also the related boy name Alvin.
Alva is a somewhat popular first name for males (#793 out of 1220, Top 65%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#7632 out of 88799, Top 9%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Alva for boys. Alva reached its highest rank of #194 in the U.S. in 1880-1889 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Alva and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Alvin (#595), Alvah, Alva and Albin. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Alva▼ is also pronounced similarly to Alvie▼, Alvy and Elvo. Other suggested similar baby names are Alby, Alf▼, Alfa, Alfo, Alfy, Alga, Alia, Alpha▼, Alta, Aluf, Alvan, Alvar and Ava. These names tend to be less commonly used than Alva.