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Meaning & History

Derived from Old Norse alfr "elf". In Norse legend this was the name of king, the suitor of a reluctant maiden named Alfhild. She avoided marrying him by disguising herself as a warrior, but when they fought she was so impressed by his strength that she changed her mind.
VariantsAlv Norwegian Alfr Norse Mythology
Feminine FormsAlva Swedish Alva Norwegian Elva Danish
Same SpellingAlf (2), Alf (3)


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Entry updated December 3, 2014   Contribute