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What does Akiva mean?

Akiva Pronunciation of Akiva [aki-va] as a boys' name (also used 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).


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

(female) Akial, Akita, ..

Middle name pairings:
Akiva Marcelo (A.M.), ..

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)

Akiva was first listed in 1997 and reached its peak position of #1619 in the U.S. in 2013, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Akiva are Jacob (#4 in 2015) and Yaakov (#1017). Adoption of these forms of Akiva was common in 1999 (adoption of 1.85%) and is now significantly less (adoption 0.84%, 54.4%). Jacob has historically been a favorite of parents, although Yaakov seems to be gaining popularity too.

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.

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