What does Eva mean?
Eva \e-va\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Eva) is pronounced AY-vah, EE-vah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Eva is "life, animal". Latinate form of Eve. Also used as an anglicization of the Gaelic name Aoife, and as a nickname for Geneva. Wife of Argentinian dictator Juan Perón, Evita ("Little Eva") Perón; actress Eva Gabor.
Eva has 37 more related forms via Aoife, Eve, Evita, Geneva: Aoibhe, Aoife, Eba, Ebba▼, Eubh, Evaleen, Evelia, Evelina, Eveline, Evelyn, Evetta, Evette▼, Evey, Evlyn, Evonne, Evvie, Evvy, Evy, Ewa, Gena▼, Genever, Genevia, Genevra, Genevre, Genovefa, Genoveffa, Genoveva▼, Ginebra, Ginevra, Ginevre, Janeva, Janevra, Jenovefa, Jineeva, Jineva, Joneva and Jonevah.
Eva is a very popular first name for women (#140 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#32380 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Eva for girls. Eva reached its apex position of #33 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is at #82 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Eva and associated names. Ava (#5 the previous year), Evelyn (#16), Evangeline (#276), Eve (#460), Evie (#501), Evonne, Gena, Geneva, Genoveva, Evette, Aoife, Ebba, Evaline, Aoibhe, Evelina, Eveline and Ena are the prominent related forms of Eva (#82 the previous year). These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.3183%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2589%, down 18.7%), with versions like Ebba, Ena, Evette, Genoveva and Geneva falling out of fashion. The more fashionable baby names here are Evie (#501), Evangeline (#276), Eve (#460), Evelyn (#16) and Eva (#82), with Eva, Evangeline, Eve, Evelyn and Evie undergoing a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Eva is pronounced similarly to Avah, Avia, Iva▼, Ivy, Wava and Yeva. Other recommended similar baby names are Ebo, Eda▼, Efua, Ela, Elva▼, Ema and Evan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Eva.