Meaning and name origin
Ava \a-va\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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.
Ava is a very popular first name for females (#742 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ava for girls. Ava reached its highest rank of #4 in the U.S. in 2007. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ava and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ava (#5), Evelyn (#16), Eva (#82), Avah (#708), Eileen (#711), Aviana (#802) and Avis. (2014 statistics).
Ava is also pronounced similarly to Aviah, Eeva, Evah, Evia, Evy, Iva, Ivy, Wava and Yeva. Other suggested similar baby names are Abba, Abia, Ada, Afia, Afua, Ahava, Ahuva, Aja, Ala, Alva, Ama, Ana, Ara, Asa, Ave, Aya and Aza. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ava.