What does Ava mean?
Ava /ava/ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Ava) is pronounced AY-vah. Of uncertain origin, probably German. Other possible sources are the Hebrew name Chava meaning "life" or "serpent", or from Latin "avis" meaning "bird". Also possibly a variant of Avis or Aveline, medieval given names. Saint Ava or Avia was a ninth-century abbess of Dinart in Hainault and a member of the Frankish royal family. In contemporary usage, some forms may be intended as phonetic variants of Eva and Evelyn. Made popular since the 1950s due to film actress Ava Gardner.
(female) Aga, Avag, ..
(male) Aval, Avar, ..
How popular is Ava?
Ava is a very prominent first name for females (#742 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name history of Ava for girls. Ava reached its peak position of #4 in the U.S. in the year 2007, and is currently at #5. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Ava (#5 from current records) are Evelyn (#16 from current records), Eva (#82), Eve (#460), Evie (#501), Avah (#708), Eileen (#711), Aviana (#802), Avalynn (#948), Ayva (#950), Avalyn (#1028), Evita, Evia, Chava, Avis and Evah. Other forms, like Efa, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Ava is widespread in 2014 (average #1013), except for versions such as Eileen which have fallen out of fashion. Evelyn is a perennial favorite, although Ayva seems to be gaining favor too.
Ava▲ is pronounced similarly to Avie, Evey, Evvy, Evy, Iva▼, Ivee, Ivey, Ivie, Ivy▲, Wava and Yeva. Other suggested similar names are Ada▼, Aja, Ala, Alva▼, Ama, Ana, Ara▼, Asa, Ave, Aya▲ and Aza. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ava.