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Alva (boy)

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What does Alva mean?

Alva /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.

Associated with: irish, white, biblical, fame


Alva has 2 variants: Alba and Alvah.

Affiliated boy name: Alvin.

Alva has 4 more related forms via Albin: Al, Alben, Albyn and Alpin.

Alva has 2 feminine forms: Allie and Alvarita.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Alavi, Alvaan, ..

(female) Alvaie, Alvala, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name statistics 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)

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

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

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 2000 are Alvin (#595 in recent rankings), Alvah, Albin, Alba and Al. Other variants, like Alpin, are seldom used. These relations of Alva were at the apex of their popularity 104 years ago (median #723) and have become much less widespread since (#1765, down 92%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alva, Al, Alba, Albin, Alvah, Alvin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Albin, Alvin outside U.S.

Similar Names


Alva is alike in pronunciation to Alvie, Alvy, Elvio and Elvo. Other recommended names are Abba, Abda, Abia, Abna, Adya, Ahava, Akiva, Alan, Alban, Alby, Aldan, Aldo, Alec, Aled, Alek, Alem, Alen, Alex, Alf, Alfa, Alfo, Alfy, Alga, Algar, Algy, Ali, Alia, Alic, Alik, Alin, Alix, Allan, Allvar, Aloj, Alon, Alpha, Alta, Alto, Aluf, Alun, Alvan, Alvar, Alvaro, Alven, Alvis, Alvyn, Alvys, Aly, Alyn, Ara, Arda, Arlea, Arv, Arvad, Arvy, Asa, Atlea, Ava, Ave, Avi, Avia and Eva. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alva.