What does Alva mean?
Alva /al-va/ [2 sylls.] 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.
Affiliated boy name: Alvin.more]
How popular is Alva?
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 (#6796 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Alva for boys. Alva entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #194 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the boy name Alva and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Alva ranked in the Top 1000 are Alvin (#595 in 2014), Alvah, Albin and Al. Variants like Albinson are seldom used. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.646%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.081%, down 87.5%), with the versions Alvin, Al, Albin, Alva and Alvah falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.