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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.


Alva has 2 variants: Alba and Alvah.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Alvin.

Alva has 6 more related forms via Albin: Al, Alben, Albinson, Albyn, Alpin and Aubin.

Alva has 2 feminine forms: Allie and Alvarita.


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)

Top 1000 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 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Al, Albin, Alva, 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 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.