Meaning and Name Origin
Alva \a-lva, al-va\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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 on this name, see also the related boy name Alvin.
Alva is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#793 out of 1220, Top 65%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#7632 out of 88799, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Alva for boys. Alva reached its apex rank of #194 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Alva and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Alva are Alvin (#595 in 2014), Alvah, Albin and Al. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Alvin, Alvah, Alva, Albin and Al falling out of fashion. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Alva▼ is alike in pronunciation to Alvie▼, Alvy and Elvo. Other recommended similar baby names are Alby, Alf▼, Alfa, Alfo, Alfy, Alga, Alia, Alpha▼, Alta, Aluf, Alvan, Alvar and Ava. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alva.