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What does Ava mean?

Ava Pronunciation of Ava 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH life, serpent (dragon), bird, medieval, royal (queen)


VARIANTS Avah, Avalee, Avalyn, Avalynn, Avelina, Aveline, Avelyn, Avis, Avlynn, Ayva

SEE ALSO Aviana, Eileen

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA AVIA, AVIS, CHAVA, EVA, EVELYN Aveza, Aviah, Avice, Eeva, Efa, Eva, Evah, Evani, Eve, Evia, Evie, Evina, Evita, Hava, Haya, Jieva



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How popular is Ava?

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)

Ava reached its peak position of #3 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular variation forms of Ava (#3 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Evelyn (#10), Eva (#75), Evie (#322), Aviana (#394), Eve (#442), Avah (#462), Eileen (#671), Avalynn (#785), Avalyn (#941), Ayva (#1033), Avalee (#1826), Aveline (#1916), Chava, Avis, Evah, Avia, Evia and Evita. Other forms, like Efa, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Ava was widespread in 2017 (AVERAGE #1098) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1098, 1.7% LESS USAGE), but with versions such as Avis falling out of fashion. Evelyn is a perennial favorite, although Ayva seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ava, Avah, Avalee, Avalyn, Avalynn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aveline, Avia, Aviana, Avis, Ayva in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chava, Eileen, Eva, Evah, Eve in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Evelyn, Evia, Evie, Evita in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ava, Eva, Eve, Evelyn, Evie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ava is pronounced similarly to Aviah, Avie, Eeva, Evah, Evey, Evia, Evie, Evvy, Evy, Iva, Ivee, Ivey, Ivie, Ivy, Wava and Yeva. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ada, Aja, Ala, Alva, Ama, Ana, Ara, Asa, Ave, Aya and Aza. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ava.