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Gender: F Meaning of Elvira: "white, fair" Origin of Elvira: Spanish

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Before there was the campy TV Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Elvira was the long-suffering wife of Don Juan, and remnants of those negative, gothic images still cling to it, though they are fading.

Other references include the romantic film Elvira Madigan, based on a real person, and the main ghostly character in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, as well as appearances in several operas.

Elvira was in common use in the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, remaining in the Top 1000 until 1981; it's still popular in Scandinavia, ranking Number 39 in Sweden.

Famous People Named Elvira

Elvira Arellano, Mexican citizen & symbol of illegal immigrants in US
Elvira Kunis, actress Mila Kunis' mother
Elvira Madigan, stage name of Danish tightrope walker Hedvig Jensen
Elvira Rahic, Bosnian singer
Elvira Wayans, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Elvira

Elvira, character in some of the operas and poems on Don Juan
Elvira Hancock, from the movie "Scarface" played by Michelle Pfeiffer
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, hilarious, quick-witted horror host
Elvira, song by the Oak Ridge Boys

Ellvira, Elva, Elveera, Elvina, Elvyra, Vira

Elvira's International Variations

Elvéra, Elvire (French) Alviria (German) Elvera (Italian) Elwira (Polish) Alvira, Albira (Spanish)