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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Elve
An old form of Elf.
  1. (astronomy, meteorology) an upper atmospheric optical phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, rapidly expanding disk-shaped regions of luminosity, lasting less than a thousandth of a second, which occur high above energetic cloud-to-ground lightning of positive or negative polarity
  2. Obsolete form of elf.
    Sir Olof he rode out at early day, / And so came he unto an -dance gay.

elve was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Elve U.S.
  White 65.77% 64.26%
  African American 33.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Elve

People with the last name Elve are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Elve

  • How Popular is the name Elve? Elve is the 49,140th most popular name of all time. As a last name Elve was the 148,347th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Elve have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44 babies born with the first name Elve in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Elve? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Elve first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Elve is Saturday, June 15th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Elve born? The highest recorded use of the first name Elve was in 1918 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Elve: Your name in reverse order is Evle. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elve. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Elve? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 111 people with the last name Elve.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Elve? Elve is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.