What does Ava mean?
Ava \a-va\ 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.
Ava has 44 more alternative forms via Avia, Avis, Chava, Eva, Evelyn: Aveza, Aviah, Avice, Chabah, Chaya, Chayka, Eeva, Efa, Effie▼, Eubha, Eva, Evah, Evaleen, Evalin, Evalina, Evaline, Evalyn▼, Evalynn, Evamarie, Evani, Eve, Eveleen, Evelene, Evelin▼, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyne▼, Evelynn, Evelynne, Evia, Evie, Evilyn, Evina, Evita, Evleen, Evlin, Evline, Evlyn, Evlynn, Ewelina, Hava, Haya, Jieva and Kaija.
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 popularity 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 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Popular variation forms of Ava (#5 the previous year) are Evelyn (#16 the previous year), Eva (#82), Evelynn (#434), Eve (#460), Evie (#501), Chaya (#692), Avah (#708), Eileen (#711), Aviana (#802), Evalyn (#834), Eveline, Evelyne, Evaline, Avis, Effie, Evelin and Evelina. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.3581%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.3197%, down 10.7%), but with versions such as Evelin, Effie, Avis, Evelyne and Eileen falling out of fashion. The more fashionable baby names in this compilation are Evelynn (#434), Avah (#708), Evie (#501), Eve (#460) and Chaya (#692), with Eve and Evie having a rekindling in popularity. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Ava and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Ava is pronounced similarly to Evy, Iva▼, Ivy, Wava and Yeva. Other suggested similar baby names are Abba, Abi, 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.