The meaning of the name “Ava” is: “Like a Bird; Voice”.
Additional information: Ava is a feminine name with many root languages – it is a diminutive of the Latin Avis, which gives the name its meaning of ‘like a bird’ or ‘birdlike’. It was also a medieval Germanic name that was associated with water, and it is a Persian name that means ‘voice’. Because of all of these roots, Ava has many different spellings in foreign languages. Eva is the most common, used in countries such as Germany, Portugal, and Russia, but other foreign variants include Eve (French), Evita (Spanish diminutive for Eva), and Ewa (Polish). Ava is a very common gender neutral diminutive for a number Russian names, including the feminine Avelina, Aventina, and Avrora (the Russian form of ‘Aurora’), and the masculine Avel, Avgust, and Avim. ‘Eva’ is not only a foreign variant of Ava, but an English name similar to Ava; others are Aveline, Evelyn, and Ada. Common misspellings of Ava are ‘Av’ or ‘Ave’.
The popularity of the name Ava sharply increased in the nineties, thanks to celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Reese Witherspoon giving the name to their daughters. Before the nineties, the name Ava struggled to make it into the top 500 names for girls, but its popularity increase saw it become the fifth most popular name for girls in the USA from 2008 to 2014. In 2012, Ava was the fifth most popular girl name. Similar popularity growth occurred in England and Wales, with Ava sitting at fourth most popular in 2013.
In part, the popularity of the name Ava can be attributed to the actress Ava Gardner. Other famous people named Ava Pauling (activist), Ava DuVernay (director), and Ava Lowle Willing (socialite).
There is a persistent urban legend about an 81 year old woman named Ava Estelle who shot off the genitals of her granddaughter’s attackers – this turned out to be fabricated, but the legend continues to be spread over the internet.
Pronunciation: (AH vah) Form of: Itself (Ava) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Ava Gardner, actress.
Considering Ava as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Ava for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Ava is a girl name.
The name Ava is of Latin origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, German speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Ava we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Ava Name Meaning
The meaning of Ava is “Like a Bird; Voice”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Ava and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Ava and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Ava is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Popularity of the Name Ava
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Ava displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Ava Boy Name Popularity Chart
Ava Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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