Alva Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Alva Name Meaning

Portuguese: habitational name from a place so named (see Alba).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Alba, Oliva, Sava, Aga, Palma, Alme, Neva, Pla, Alm, Olea

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Alva Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Alva name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Alva. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • England & Wales


  • Spain


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Portugal


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Alva Family Origin

Where is the Alva family from?

Alva Family Occupations

What did your Alva ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Alva occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Alva's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Alva family was At Home. Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Alva.

View Census data for Alva | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter

  • At Home


United States shown, England data unavailable

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Alva ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Alva Historical Records

What Alva family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Alva. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Alva census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Alva

Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Alva. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Alva immigration records

Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Alva. For the veterans among your Alva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Alva military records

You've only scratched the surface of Alva family history.

Alva Life Expectancy

What is the average Alva lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Alva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1975. The average life expectancy for Alva in 1944 was 24, and 64 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Alva

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Alva ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Alva Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name