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Alva Belmont (1853-1933) born Alva Erskine Smith and known as Alva Vanderbilt from 1875 to 1896 during her marriage to William Vanderbilt. Alva played a major role in the fight for women's legal right to vote in the US.
Nifty_Name_Nerd  9/16/2018
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This is Thomas Edison's middle name, isn't it? It sounds more feminine to me, even though in the US it was more common for males. I guess it can fit either gender. I wish this name would make a comeback so it can provide a break from the horribly trendy name Ava!
― Anonymous User  3/28/2013
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It's pronounced AIL-vuh.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2009
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Alva means "fairy" in Swedish.
kelly1994_2013  6/15/2009
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Correction to two comments here:
The Swedish word for fairy is älva (pronounced EL-vuh), not Alva. Ä and A are different letters with different pronunciation.
Alva is pronounced ULL-vuh in Swedish and Norwegian.
Caprice  11/28/2017
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This was the birth name of American film actress Alice White. She was popular in Hollywood during the 20s and early 30s.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2008
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Alva Reimer Myrdal received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982. Myrdal was a Swedish diplomat, politician and writer.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
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ALVA originates from "elf" or "fairy" in the original Nordic form (elf = alv, fairy = älva).
LIN  12/20/2005

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