We love both and are a European-Canadian blended family so the name has to work in both languages (may explain the "different" spelling of Elinor, though I'm sometimes worried it'll make life hard for her living in Canada). Love the simplicity of Alva, but also the more classic and regal feel and all the nicknames for Elinor! We like traditional and Scandinavian names.
Re: Alva or Elinor?
Alva just seems like it's missing something, just a nickname.
So my vote is neither.
I have never heard Alva before and although it has a pretty sound to it, with Ava being so popular I feel like she’d often get mistaken for Ava.