First recorded as a given name of Latvians in early 20th century. Possibly of Old High German origin, from al (“all”) + wīsī (“wise”), or from names beginning with Alv-, also as a masculine form of Alva.
Alvis An American surname. A male given name transferred from the surname. 2010 David Moon, The Lunar Report, The Herald Sun, December 15, 2010: It was not easy growing up with a first name like Alvis. Every year on the first day of school when the teacher would read off her seating chart, Alvis, all the snotty little kids in my class would laugh.
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