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All I can personally think of is Jessica Alba.
wh0sbad  7/17/2019
Sounds really old fashioned, and I dislike the lb combination.
kayisforkeen  8/14/2018
I'm torn between seeing this as an old-fashioned, terribly dated name vs. fresh and modern. I really like the sound of it but a part of me thinks of an old lady wearing a wrinkled dress and flesh-toned knee highs. Even so, it's gorgeous and I would still use it.
silly_rabbit  9/4/2015
The Latin version of my name would be something like Sarra Alba, so ever since I started studying Latin I've loved this name. Then I recently read Harry Potter (as a sheltered homeschool Student [TM], I'm kind of late to the pop culture game), and now I'm not sure I would use this name, because people might think I was naming my hypothetical baby daughter after a male, fictional, elderly wizard.

Nothing wrong about Albus Dumbledore (except perhaps being manipulative of Harry and Snape BUT NEVER MIND, let's not get into a fandom debate), it'd just be a mistaken impression.

But since no one else on this comments page has mentioned him, maybe my worry is unfounded. I guess I'll have to worry more about Jessica Alba. Whoever she is.
― Anonymous User  8/9/2015
Thought it would be interesting to know that "Alba" is written and pronounced "Alba" in Romanian as well, meaning "white". There is also a very old town called "Alba" in Romania - Transylvania.
And out of the line, the only nations playing bagpipes for as long back as we can remember are Scotland and Romania. Love it...
A. White  12/28/2014
The name Alba was given to 132 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
This name is used in Catalan as well, where it also has the meaning of "dawn". [noted -ed]
overtheclouds  10/2/2012
I don't like it much. Odd, since I adore its masculine counterpart, Albus.
Black_X  8/2/2011
Thought I'd mention that the Gaelic word 'Alba', meaning Scotland is pronounced 'al-a-pa'. In the Spanish/Italian first name form it was also the name of Lord Byron's daughter (1817-1822), given to her by her mother Claire Clairmont, although Byron changed it to Clara Allegra. Don't know why Byron didn't like it though- I think it's lovely!
sjm1789  4/9/2010
Reminds me of Alphaba, the name of the Wicked Witch of the West in Wicked.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2010
Actually, her name is Elphaba, not Alphaba. That's why she's called Elphie, not ALphie.
mariej2  3/15/2010
ALBA (Alianza Bolivariana para los pueblos de nuestra América) is a Latin American trade organisation.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2009
I had heard this name before, but I never really noticed it before seeing The Time-Traveler's Wife the other day. The character of Alba--a sweet, bright, adorable little girl with freckles--gave me a very good impression of this name. It has a nice sound, a pretty meaning, and it is simple but unique. A good name all around.
britto08  8/25/2009
It's sad that this name has been ruined by the arrogant and hated Jessica Alba, since it's very pretty.
bananarama  7/5/2009
Kenneth MacAlpin, first King of Scotland, used the title King of Alba. This meaning of Alba was first used in reference to Britain but later came to mean Scotland specifically.
Caledonia-Forever  12/11/2008
Alba means "white" in Latin. In this form, it would be an adjective for words in the 1st declension.
Reina Vered  6/3/2008
I don't like "Al" for a girl's nickname.
leananshae  12/19/2007
I really like the name Alba although it is getting very famous in Spain. One of my best friends is named Alba and it fits her perfectly.
libelula  10/11/2007
After reading the Time Traveler's Wife, this has become my top girl's name. After a couple years, Jessica Alba will have faded away and this name will become usable (thank god).
nothingshortoftragic  10/3/2007
It's a very pretty name, but it reminds me too much of the actress Jessica Alba.
haymanisland  3/11/2007
In "The House of the Spirits (La Casa de los Espíritus)" a novel written by Isabel Allende, born 1942, Alba is Blanca's daughter and Clara's granddaughter. Together with her grandfather Esteban she tells the story using Clara's diary.
elliebeth  2/9/2007
In Audrey Niffenegger's novel 'The Time Traveler's Wife', Alba DeTamble is the daughter of the novel's two protagonists, Clare Abshire DeTamble and Henry DeTamble. Like her father, she is a CDP (Chrono-Displaced Person), who finds herself transported back and forth in time to different points in her life seemingly randomly.
reservoirdoll1987  10/30/2006
I lived in Spain in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I remember it becoming really popular in the 1990s.
ADT  7/3/2006
I think Alba is a special name - easy to pronounce in Spanish, Catalan & English! Important for me.
simonhorgan  4/2/2006
Is also a last name like actress Jessica Alba.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2006
In Irish legend, Alba is the name commonly used for Scotland.
reservoirdoll1987  3/18/2006
Alba also means "white" and "fortress".
starling  2/19/2006
While the name "Alba" does mean "dawn" in Spanish and Italian, and it is feminine in both languages, "Alba" is also a family name in my family, and should be listed as a masculine name in English.
lewis  12/31/2005

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