What does Nova mean?
Nova /no-va/ as a girls' name is pronounced NOH-vah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Nova is "new".
Astronomy: a nova is a star that releases a tremendous burst of energy, becoming temporarily extraordinarily bright. Chevrolet used to make a small car called a "Nova". Novia is also Spanish for "girlfriend".
How popular is Nova?
Nova is a very prominent first name for women (#1600 out of 4276, Top 37%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#13153 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Nova for girls. Nova reached its peak position of #287 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Nova and affiliated names. The only other popular related form of Nova (#287 in recent rankings) is Novella. Adoption of these relations of Nova is at its apex today (adoption of 0.36%), except for the form Novella which has become less fashionable. Nova has historically been a favorite of parents. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Nova▲ is pronounced similarly to Naavah, Nava, Neiva, Neva▼, Nevaeh▲ and Nevya. Other suggested similar baby names are Dova, Neve, Nibia, Niobe, Noa, Nola▼, Nona▼, Nora▲, Nubia and Tova. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nova.