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Gender: Female Meaning of Alba: "white" Origin of Alba: Latin

The name Alba is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "white". Alba and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

Alba is quietly making a behind-the-scenes comeback, perhaps thanks to actress turned baby-product mogul Jessica Alba. Last on the Top 1000 a century ago, the name was given to more than 150 baby girls in the US last year. Alba might be tomorrow's successor to Ava and Ella. In Spain, Alba ranks among the Top 10 girls' names. Alba is the name of a character in The Time Traveler's Wife.

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Famous People Named Alba

Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi, French actress
Alba Milana, Italian distance runner
(Alba) Giselle Blondet (Gomez), Puerto Rican actress and TV host
Alba Joy Firebrace, daughter of Nirrimi Hakanson (blogger, photographer)
Alba Violet Bale, daughter of Welsh soccer player Gareth Bale
Jessica Alba, American actress
Alba Flores, Spanish actress

Pop Culture References for the name Alba

Alba Villanueva, character on TV's "Jane the Virgin"
Alba DeTamble, daughter of Henry and Clare DeTamble in "The Time Traveler's Wife"
Alba Fernandez, main character on Netflix Original series "Las Chicas del Cable" ("Cable Girls")
Alba Maldonado, character on FOX sitcom "The Mick"
Alba is the Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland, pronounced Alabuh (the b is very short and can sometimes sound like a p)
Alba, the scandalous main femme in a series by Delacorta
Alba also means "dawn" or "sunshine"
Alba, British electronics brand

Albinia, Albani, Albinka, Albine, Albina, Albeni, Alva, Elba, Albanie, Albana, Albany

Alba's International Variations

Albane (French)


gildedfairyx Says:


Also means "elf" or "fairy" in German.

MaryKathryn Says:


Such a beautiful, short name. Alba just sounds so wise and whimsical to me!

albeatle Says:


My name, Alba Marina. Dawn of the sea.

Lydia I. Andreu Says:


In Spanish "alba" means dawn or daybreak. I think they should include this in the description.

caledonia Says:


Alba is also the Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland. Apparently, it is pronounced a bit like 'alapa'.

Impwood Says:


I absolutely love the meaning; it's related to the French word for the dawn -- "aube". :)

jxoxo Says:


My daughter's name! Alba Maeve.

Hailey Says:


I also think of the Time Traveler's Wife. But I also think of Albus Dumbledore, "Albus" also sharing the meaning "white." Beautiful name.

pamsatran Says:


Love it!

Lisa B Says:


My daughter is Alba Jordana. I fell in love with it when I watched the Time Travelers Wife. We call her Albita.

AriellaBar Says:


I knew several girls named Alba when I lived in Spain and I thought it was a lovely name. I like the association with dawn and sunshine.

AriellaBar Says:


"White" also has to do with light and the dawn. I think it's lovely, too.

headintheclouds Says:


Lovely and springy. Alba's one of those short but sweet and simple names, but carries a lot of weight and character into it. IMO, it definitely should be used more, especially given the popularity of Eva, Ava, and other similar-feel names. My first association is Alba DeTamble, the daughter in The Time Traveler's Wife, the second association being Jessica Alba.

yvonne_virginia Says:


Makes me think of Elba.

juju_bee Says:


I love this name, I think of the beautiful alba roses when I hear it.

Elena_Allyn Says:


I just heard this name recently which led me to this page. It is so simple that it is beautiful. I interpret the meaning "white" as purity. I love it!

Jesslyn Says:


Brings to mind The Time Traveler's Wife for me. It is the name the two central characters choose for their long-desired daughter. The care they put into choosing the name and the love they have for the name have always given Alba a special spark for me.

Alicia1 Says:


All I can think of are the lotions and skin care line of this brand.