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What does Nova mean?

Nova Pronunciation of Nova 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".


ASSOCIATED WITH bright (light), small (little)


VARIANTS Novella, Novia



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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Nova reached its peak position of #56 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular related form of Nova (#56 IN RECENT RANKINGS) is Novella. Adoption of these relations of Nova is at its apex today (ADOPTION OF 0.2%), except for the form Novella which has fallen out of fashion. Nova has historically been a favorite of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nova, Novella in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nova is pronounced similarly to Naavah, Nava, Neiva, Neva, Nevaeh and Nevya. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Alva, Ava, Clova, Corva, Dova, Elva, Eva, Hava, Iva, Keva, Kiva, Liva, Nada, Naia, Nana, Naoma, Nata, Nea, Neda, Neka, Nela, Nena, Neola, Neoma, Nera, Neta, Neve, Nevsa, Nia, Nila, Nina, Nioma, Nita, Noa, Noel, Noela, Nola, Nolan, Nona, Nonah, Noni, Nonna, Noola, Noor, Noora, Nora, Norah, Norda, Nore, Norm, Norma, Norna, Nour, Noura, Nowla, Nula, Nura, Nya, Nyla, Nyna, Nysa, Olva, Reva, Riva, Tava, Tova, Vava, Viva and Ziva. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nova.

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