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Also, Alba. Fernando Alvarez de Toledo
[fer-nahn-daw ahl-vah-reth th e taw-le-th aw] /fɛrˈnɑn dɔ ˈɑl vɑˌrɛθ ðɛ tɔˈlɛ ðɔ/ (Show IPA), Duke of, 1508–82, Spanish general who suppressed a Protestant rebellion in the Netherlands in 1567.
a male or female given name.
Historical Examples

As already observed, the advent of Alva at the head of a foreign army was the natural consequence of all which had gone before.
The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 John Lothrop Motley

I have asked Alva to stop with me here for a few days, she said, formally.
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905 Various

We got into the town in the wake of Uncle Alva and between the business blocks where the tall buildings abated the wind.
A Woman of Genius Mary Austin

Alva Jackson covered his mouth with his handkerchief and giggled.
The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart

“But of course they do talk about other things here,” Alva continued, paying no attention to her friend’s flippancy.
In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner

Alva is at lower right, filling two glasses with red wine and champagne.
Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) Frank Wedekind

Alva put out her hand and stayed the words upon her friend’s lips.
In a Mysterious Way Anne Warner

But I sicken as I write of the horrible cruelties practised by Alva.
The Golden Grasshopper W.H.G. Kingston

Yet Philip, notwithstanding his assurances to the duke of Alva, showed no alacrity in relieving the wants of the countess.
History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain. William H. Prescott

The soldiers were furious for their pay, which Alva was unable to furnish.
The Golden Grasshopper W.H.G. Kingston

Duke of, title of Fernando Alvarez de Toledo. 1508–82, Spanish general and statesman who suppressed the Protestant revolt in the Netherlands (1567–72) and conquered Portugal (1580)


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