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Girl Name: Alva

Name: Alva
Pronunciation: \a-lva, al-va\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Alva's also a boy name)
Meaning: elf
Origin: Swedish
Related Names: Alvarita
Sounds Like: Elva, Alvy, Alfa, Olva, Ulva
Variant forms: Alba, Albina, Albine, Albinia, Allie, Alvah, Alvit
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 1172
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 7632


Alva \a-lva, al-va\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Alva), is pronounced AL-vah. It is of Swedish origin, and the meaning of Alva is "elf". Also anglicized form of the traditional Irish Gaelic name Ailbhe, meaning "white, noble bright". Better known as a man's name, as in Thomas Alva Edison.

Alva has 7 variant forms: Alba, Albina, Albine, Albinia, Allie, Alvah and Alvit.

For more information, see also the related name Alvarita.

Baby names that sound like Alva are Elva, Alvy, Alfa, Olva and Ulva.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Alva.


Alva is a very popular first name for women (#1172 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#7632 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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