The name Alva is primarily a gender-neutral name of Scandinavian origin that means Elf.
Alva is a Scandinavian feminine name that ultimately derives from the Old Norse element alf, meaning elf. It it also a masculine variant of the Hebrew name Alvah, meaning "his highness."
Famous bearers: Alva Myrdal, Swedish sociologist, politician, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Alva Adams, former governor of Colorado. Alva Belmont, American suffragette. Alva Forsius, Finnish midwife and social worker. Alva, character in the film Klaus.