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Quick Facts on Ava

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, German, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 5
Simple meaning:
Birdlike, lively

Characteristics of Ava

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ava

It’s difficult to pinpoint the etymology of the name Ava, so the only thing we can say for sure is that the origin is uncertain. The roots are thought to be Germanic, using the short form of various female names containing the element “avi” which possibly means “desired”. It could also be associated with the Latin “avis” meaning “bird, birdlike”. Additionally, Ava may have been coined as a later version of Eve which comes from the Hebrew name "Havva" (from “hayya”) meaning “life, lively”. The name Ava also means “voice, sound” in Persian. The earliest Ava we could find who may have played some role in bringing prominence to the name among medieval Europeans was a 9th century saint. St. Ava was born into nobility as the daughter of the Frankish King Pepin of Aquitaine. She was purportedly and miraculously cured of blindness before becoming a Benedictine nun. Her feast day is April 29. Another illustrious Ava from the Middle Ages was a 11/12th century German poet Frau Ava of Melk who is considered the first female writer of any genre in her language. Today, Ava is a very popular name among English speakers throughout the world. It’s a top 10 choice for girls in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. It is also a Top 20 in England and Northern Ireland.

Popularity of the Name Ava

The “Ava” graph of popularity in the United States is one of the more unusual ones we’ve seen. Even though the name has been around and in use for over a century, Ava was not super common during most of the 20th century. The name saw a little bump up the charts from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s thanks to the popularity of American actress Ava Gardner, but the appeal was brief. By the end of the 1950s, Ava was dropping like rocks, and for about 20 years (1970-1990), the name could barely hold a place on the charts. Then seemingly out of nowhere, Ava reversed her course and started to make monumental jumps up the popularity charts. By 2005, Ava successfully landed a spot on the Top 10 list of most commonly used girl names in the country. This growth in popularity was fast and furious. It seems apparent that the name’s appeal was influenced by two well-liked celebrities who named their daughters Ava: Heather Locklear (1997) and Reese Witherspoon (1999). Ava is a daintily pretty yet “lively” name; a minimalistic two-syllable moniker that’s both easy to say and easy to spell. It has a decidedly softer sound to it than Eva and it comes well-equipped with understated beauty.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ava
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ava

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ava

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ava

    Ava We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ava.

  • Popular Songs on Ava

    Popular Songs on Ava

    Ava Adore - a song by Smashing Pumpkins

    Ava Maria - a popular and much-recorded song

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ava

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ava

    Ava the Angelfish (Speed Shaskan) - On the day of Ava's birthday, all of her friends are missing. She swims high and low looking for them. Will Ava find anyone to celebrate her birthday with? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Ava the Sunset Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Night Fairies' magic is missing, and now Fairyland is in the dark! Night is not right! Nothing is more magical than nighttime! The Night Fairies are careful to keep it that way...until their special bags of magic dust go missing. Jack Frost and his goblins are surely causing trouble again. Now Fairyland and the human world are in the dark! During Rachel and Kirsty's first night at Camp Stargaze, they notice that the sunset! Can they help Ava the Sunset Fairy set things right? Find the missing bag of magic dust in each book and help save the nighttime magic! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Ava the Talking Kangaroo (Matt Ballard) - Kindle edition. Ava was a very special Roo / who could do all the things that Roos can do. She could jump really high, up in the air / and land on her feet, just about anywhere. And as you know, Roos don’t run... they hop, / Really, really fast until they stop. Why Ava can hop, faster than EVEN YOU can run! / You should try it sometime, it’s so much fun! But wait! There’s another thing Ava can do! / Something special you won’t see from just any Roo! Lean in close, perk up your ear. / Get ready for a surprise at will you will hear...Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Ava Tree and the Wishes Three (Jeanne Betancourt) - The morning of Ava Tree’s eighth birthday begins the same as always…only different. Today, Ava makes wishes and they come true. It's A for Amazing! First, she wishes that her pet rabbit, Tibbar, will use the toilet instead of his messy, annoying litter box…and he does. Then she wishes that her best friend's very proper mother will not ruin her very improper backwards birthday party by making it forward, upside up right, down side down, and right side out…and she doesn't. Can Ava wish for anything she wants on her birthday--and every day after that--and have it come true? What if her biggest wish is to undo the saddest thing in her life so far (and possibly forever)? Can that wish come true, too? It couldn't hurt to try. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Ava's Bad Day (Elisient Maeve Vernon) - Ava is not very happy. Nothing seems to be going her way, and she is mad. Will she remember the lessons she learned in Sunday school? Can she finally get in a good mood again? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ava's Poppy (Marcus Pfister) - Ava is delighted when she discovers a brilliant red poppy in the middle of her yard. She sits with the little flower in the sunny days of summer and shields it from the rain, until one day the petals start to drop and the tiny flower fades away. But when spring comes again...Ava is surprised anew. Recommended for ages 3-6.

  • Famous People Named Ava

    Famous People Named Ava

    Famous People Named Ava - Ava Gardener (1940's film star)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ava

    Children of Famous People Named Ava

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Ava - Aidan Quinn (actor); Fred Astaire (actor); Heather Locklear (actress); Hugh Jackman (actor); Mia Hamm (soccer player); Reese Witherspoon (actress); Ryan Phillippe (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Ava - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ava Gardner (24 Dec 1922 – 25 Jan 1990) - Ava Gardner is still considered one of the greatest actresses of American film. She was born the last of seven children to poor North Carolina farmers. Life was a struggle for the young Ava and her family, but her story is one of Hollywood lore. After high school, Ava visited her older sister in New York City. The sister’s husband happened to be a photographer and took Ava’s picture. It was so lovely that he hung it in the front window where her image was discovered by a talent scout. Ava began her career with MGM Studios in the early 1940s before the age of twenty, but it wasn’t until she was featured in a 1946 film noir “The Killers” that she gained national notice. He career was long and illustrious lasting through the 1970s, but she was also famous for her high profile (but brief) marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra (as well as a long-lasting relationship with the neurotic Howard Hughes). Ava died of emphysema at the early age of 67.

    Eve (Biblical) - According to the Bible, Eve has the important distinction of being the first woman who ever existed, thus securing her position as the ultimate matriarch of all Homo sapiens. She was created in the Garden of Eden by God from the rib of Adam (hopefully assisted by an anesthesiologist for Adam’s sake). God presided over the young couple’s union in what we might consider the ultimate “garden” wedding, and He instructs them to go forth and “be fruitful and multiply”. At first, Adam and Eve basked in the glory of their Paradise “naked and unashamed” (Genesis 2:25); although God does instruct Adam not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We wonder if Adam shared this bit of advice with Eve? Enter talking serpent, first nemesis to humankind, who approaches Eve with his Jedi mind tricks and convinces her to eat the fruit from the Tree. After all, what’s the harm of a little knowledge? Eve shrugs, grabs an apple, takes a bite and hands it to Adam. Adam, by the way, takes the second bite, so he’s no beacon of obedience himself. Yet poor Eve has always gotten most of the blame for both of their indiscretion. The rest is history. As punishment, God expels them from Eden and makes life more difficult for them. Forevermore, women would be forced to bear labor pains in childbirth and man would have to labor hard for food. Now that Adam and Eve and their offspring are equipped with the knowledge of evil, the world basically goes to hell in a hand basket until God sends the great flood sparing only Noah and his peeps.

Personality of the Girl Name Ava

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ava

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