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What does Alva mean?

Alva Pronunciation of Alva as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Alva) is pronounced AL-vah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Alva is "white". Anglicized form of the traditional name Ailbhe, derived from Old Irish albho. In medieval times this was a boy's name, but now it is used more for girls.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, white, old, medieval


VARIANTS Alba, Albina, Albine, Albinia, Allie, Alvah, Alvit

SEE ALSO Alvarita

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA AILBHE Ailbe, Alby, Alvy, Elli, Elva, Elvy



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How popular is Alva?

Alva is a very popular first name for women (#1172 out of 4276, Top 27%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6796 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Alva reached its top rank of #399 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular alternative forms of Alva ranked in the Top 2000 are Allie (#350 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Alba (#1608), Ailbhe, Albina, Elli and Elva. Other forms, like Alvy, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Alva was at its apex in the 1890s (USAGE OF 0.23%) and has become much reduced since (USAGE 0.06%, 73.6%), with forms like Elva going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Alva, Alba, Albina, Allie, Elli, Elva in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Alva is alike in pronunciation to Alvie, Elvah, Elvi, Elvia, Elvie, Olevia, Olva and Ulva. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aalya, Abia, Abra, Ada, Adia, Adiva, Ailsa, Aja, Akiva, Ala, Alah, Alaia, Albia, Alda, Aldea, Alea, Aleta, Alfa, Alfi, Alfy (see Alfreda), Ali, Alia, Alica, Alina, Alivia, Alla, Allta, Alma, Aloe, Alona, Alpha, Alta, Alufa, Aluma, Alvar, Alvara, Alvena, Alvera, Alya, Alyvia, Amya, Ania, Anka, Ara, Arda, Aria, Arna, Arya, Asa, Assa, Asta, Ava, Aya, Ayva, Aza, Belva, Cleva, Hava, Kiva, Liva, Malva, Melva, Reva, Tova, Viva, Wava and Ziva. These names tend to be less frequently used than Alva.

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