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What does Akiva mean?

Akiva /aki-va/ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Akiva) is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Akiva is "protect, shelter". Also variant of Yaakov.

Affiliated boy name: Jacob.

Associated with: protect (defender), shelter (home)


Kreatif forms:
(male) Akisa, Ariva, ..

(female) Akina, Akita, ..

How popular is Akiva?

Akiva is an uncommon given name for males and an equally rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Akiva for boys. Akiva was first listed in 1997 and reached its peak position of #1619 in the U.S. in 2013, and is currently at #1831. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Akiva name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Akiva outside U.S.

Below is a graphed analysis of the statistics of Akiva and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Akiva (#1831 in 2014) are Jacob (#4 in 2014) and Yaakov (#1231). Adoption of these forms of Akiva was common in 1999 (adoption of 1.85%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.89%, 51.8%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Akiva, Jacob, Yaakov in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jacob outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Abia, Abija, Adiv, Ahava, Akil, Akila, Akilla, Akim, Akira, Alia, Alva, Atila, Ava, Avia, Aviv and Shiva. These names tend to be more frequently used than Akiva.