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

Elvira Origin and Meaning

The name Elvira is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "white, fair".

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.

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Famous People Named Elvira

Pop Culture References for the name Elvira

Elva, Elvina, Elvyra, Vira, Elveera, Ellvira

Elvira's International Variations

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


FantasyandPrayer Says:


I adore the name Elvira- yes, because of the song. My cousin has just named her daughter Ella, so I don't know if that takes Elvira off the table for me if I ever start a family. Ella would have been one of my top choice nicknames, but now Viva is at the top of that list. We'll see.

perdireinz Says:


Aww, poor thing ;(

ErulasseAranel Says:


...I have been pronouncing it wrong my entire life. "Ell-ver-ruh."

Daiseymae Says:


When I was in high school, there was a girl named Elvira and she was teased mercilessly because of this song. She would cry and cry.

perdireinz Says:


I had to look up where this came from, because as soon as I read it it reminded me of something I couldn't put my finger on. Oak Ridge Boys...I never listened to them but I grew up in the country, and when I was maybe 11 I saw them sing this live at a rodeo! I completely forgot about it until now, thank you for that!

perdireinz Says:


I love this when it is pronounced ell-vee-ra, but when it's pronounced el-vy-ra it just loses all of its taste to me.

perdireinz Says:


I say it El-VEE-ra, the Spanish way. I think most English pronounce it El-VYE-ra though

송윤수 Says:


It's of Spanish orgin so El VEE ra

NaomiAurora Says:


My heart's on fire, for Elvira...

madrigal Says:


This is a beautiful, feminine and intriguing name. Elvira has such a strong and regal sound, a person with this name would really stand out.

Daiseymae Says:


It reminds me of the country song "Elvira" from 1981. Elvira, Elvira, My hearts on fire for Elvira!

teacupsandtiaras Says:


I say it el VEE ra

inmylife Says:


Is this more commonly pronounced as El-VEE-ra or El-VIE-ra?

ClimenceAliceMarie Says:


Very becoming name in a stately, refined, and elegant sort of way. I don't find it haunting at all. Just very regal.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


It's funny that this name means fair or white, as I picture an Elvira to be a person with a dark complexion.

EW314 Says:


Love it! This sounds like the name of a beautiful, mysterious fairy queen.

maryshelley03 Says:


Such a gorgeous name! I love the EL BEE RAH pronunciation, but i would def, keep the original spelling. It has a sweet, magical feel to it!

winnie Says:


this is my great great grandmas name, im definately going to use it as a middle name :o

OpheliaFlora Says:


Such a gorgeous name if pronounced ell-vee-ra.
It reminds me of a little girl in the woods, the sun peaks through the trees while she sits in the little fort she build herself with branches and leaves, working on a flower crown. Hauntingly beautiful!