US Popularity:6925
Other Origin(s):British, Latin, Norse, Spanish
Meaning:World; White, light, bright; Elf, elfin
Emerging from across the globe, Elva is a feminine name of multiple origins. Most likely deriving from the Latin and Spanish name Alva, Elva means “white.” Whereas the Irish name Ailbe and the word albbu, also means “white,” as well as “light,” “bright,” and possibly “world.” There are many who interpret Elva as the British name for an “elfin” leader, tracing the title back to the Old Norse Alf, which means “elf.” In truth, Elva is far more fierce and formidable, with strong ties to the ancient Irish warrior Ailbhe Gruadbrecc. One of the fearless female members of the legendary Fianna, known as the banféinní, Ailbhe is thought to have been a great love of Fionn mac Cumall. Known for her freckled complexion, there is little doubt that Elva's meaning is an homage to this fair-skinned warrior.

Elva Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Elva is currently #2171 on The Bump
Girl:Elva is currently #1522 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Elva is currently #6925 in U.S. births
Girl:Elva is currently #3987 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 268
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Elva (1), January 2019

  • Behind the Name, Ailbhe, June 2023

  • Behind the Name, Elva (2), January 2019

  • Behind the Name, Alf (1), April 2021

  • Baby Names 2020 by Eleanor Turner, pg. 232

  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 76, 132

  • Name Doctor, Elva

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