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What does Elvira mean?

Elvira Pronunciation of Elvira as a girls' name is pronounced el-VYE-rah, el-VEER-ah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Elvira is "truly foreign". Spanish name of Visigothic origin, probably from ali meaning "other, foreign", as in Eleanor, and wÍr meaning "true". The name was common in the Middle Ages and first used in the English-speaking world in the 19th century, when it was made familiar as the name of Don Juan's wife in a number of operas and poems.


ASSOCIATED WITH true, 19th century, operas


VARIANTS Alvira, Ella, Ellvira, Elva, Elveera, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina, Elvire, Elvyra, Elwira, Lira

RELATED FORMS VIA ELEANOR Elaine, Elena, Elenora, Elli, Ellie, Ellin, Elna, Elnora, Elora, Enora



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How popular is Elvira?

Elvira is a very prominent first name for women (#460 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#37200 out of 150436, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Elvira reached its highest rank of #262 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Alvira, Elaine (#634 LAST YEAR), Eleanor (#32), Elena (#66), Elenora, Ella (#15), Elli, Ellie (#37), Elna, Elnora, Elora (#724), Elva, Elvera, Elvie and Elvina are the prominent variation forms of Elvira. Other forms, like Ellin, are uncommon. These forms of Elvira were at the peak of their popularity in the 1880s (AVERAGE #871) and have remained as common to this day (#1344, 2.2%), but with forms like Elaine becoming less stylish. Ella is the clear favorite, although Elena seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elvira, Alvira, Elaine, Eleanor, Elena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elenora, Ella, Elli, Ellie, Elna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Elora, Elva, Elvera, Elvie, Elvina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elvira, Elaine, Eleanor, Elena, Ella, Ellie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elvira is pronounced similarly to Alvara and Alvera. Other recommended sound-alike names are Almira, Alvina, Alvita, Edira, Eira, Elaina, Elberga (see Alberga), Elberta, Eldora, Eleisa, Eleora, Elfre, Elfrea (see Alfreda), Elfrida, Elgiva, Elia, Elida, Elika, Elina, Eliora, Elisa, Elita, Eliza, Ellia, Ellina, Elliora, Ellita, Elliza, Ellura, Elmera, Elmina, Elmira, Elmyra, Eloisa, Elpida, Elrica, Elvena, Elvi, Elvia, Elviana, Elvine, Elvinia, Elvis, Elzina, Ervina, Evia, Evina, Evita and Gevira. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elvira.

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