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Quick Facts on Eva

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 88
Simple meaning:
A living being

Characteristics of Eva

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Eva

Eva is the Latinate form of Eve, and the standard Biblical form in several European languages. In Judea-Christian tradition, we all know Eve as the first woman created by God from Adam’s ribs (hey, it’s better than being formed out of “the dust from the ground” as Adam was). Eve comes from the Hebrew “Hawwah” meaning “a living being” from the root “hawa” meaning “he lived”. In fact, Adam named Eve himself in Genesis 3:20: “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” Eva is also considered an anglicized form of the Irish “Aoife” (pronounced EE-fah) meaning “radiant, beautiful, pleasant” (a name which appears in ancient Irish mythology). See the name Aoife for more detail. Lastly, some people consider Eva merely a short form of names like Evangeline and Evelyn. In most cases, however, Eva is pretty much associated with Eve from the Bible. The name is currently quite popular all over the Western World. And we mean everywhere. From Slovenia to Northern Ireland. From the Netherlands to Scotland and France. It’s a favorite down under in Australia and a top choice on the Iberian Peninsula. They love Eva in Croatia, Canada, Austria, Ireland, England and Norway. Even though Eva is a Top 100 in the United States today, it’s actually the least popular here!

Popularity of the Name Eva

Eva experienced the height of her popularity at the turn of the 20th century (over 100 years ago), when she was a Top 50 choice for American baby girls. The name’s popularity started a gradual yet consistent decline over the ensuing 60+ years until she finally started to rebound in the late 1990s. Over the last 15 years, Eva has regained ground by recapturing her earlier positions on the charts and, in fact, re-achieved Top 100 standing in 2009 for the first time in 75 years. Eva is clearly following her more popular sister, Ava, in the revival of classical names loaded with antique-charm. Ava is still five-times more popular than Eva, but that just makes Eva more attractive to some parents wanting something a little less common. We also love Eva as a pet form for Evangeline.
Popularity of the Girl Name Eva
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Eva

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Eva

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Eva

    Eva (Uncle Tom’s Cabin) Eva “Evangeline” St. Clare is the angelic young heroine of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s great abolitionist novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, published in 1852. Saved from drowning in the river by the black slave, Uncle Tom, she persuades her father to purchase him, and later, to set him free. Although she is only a child of 5 or 6, she is wise beyond her years and, of course, good beyond any other earthling. Her gentle ways convert even the most hardened souls to the ideals of Christianity, most notably the raffish little slave girl, Topsy (a refreshingly wicked little character). Little Eva was adored by readers, who not only wept copiously at her sentimental death scene, but went even farther in homage by naming their newborn daughters “Eva” by the scores.

  • Popular Songs on Eva

    Popular Songs on Eva

    Eva - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Eva.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Eva

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Eva

    Eva (Peter Dickinson) - A science fiction/fantasy novel set in the future. Eva, a fourteen year old girl and daughter of a zoologist, is in a horrible car accident which leaves her in a coma. Using advanced medical technology, her brain and memory are transferred to the body of a chimpanzee. She retains her human instincts and brain but gradually merges with the instincts and mentality of chimpanzees. She becomes an activist for animal rights and works to have the chimpanzees released back into the wild. A captivating work. Recommended for ages 12-16.

    Eva Peron: First Lady of the People (Spengler) - Provides an introduction to the life and biography of Eva Peron, a popular entertainer and first lady in Argentina. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Eva Underground (Dandi Daley Mackall) - High-school-senior Eva Lott leaves her comfortable life in the Chicago suburbs for Communist Poland, where her father is teaching in the underground education movement. Coping with the recent death of her mother from cancer, Eva now has to contend with the boredom and loneliness of living in a foreign country. After a botched attempt to run away and make her way back to Chicago, Eva develops a friendship with Tomek, a young underground leader, and a romance blossoms, giving her a desire to stay. This otherwise standard coming-of-age love story is made more unusual by a strong sense of time and place. Mackall effectively conveys the harsh realities of living under a Communist regime and the sense of hope for a better future among Poles that came with the rise of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity Movement and the election of the first Polish pope. Recommended for ages 12-16.

    Eva's Journey: A Young Girl's True Story (Hava Zvi) - No fiction could match the excitement of this real-life tale of suspense and survival. Eva’s Journey zips along, touching only lightly on the tragedy at its core. The focus instead is on the combination of luck and Eva’s amazing presence of mind that allow the Jewish teen to evade capture by the Nazis for four years in occupied Poland and Russia. Eva’s Journey is a glorious story of the resilient spirit triumphant over some of the worst human savagery our world has endured. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Eva's Story (Eva Schloss) - In 1944, on her 15th birthday, Schloss, a childhood playmate of famed diarist Anne Frank, was captured by the Nazis in her Amsterdam hiding-place and sent, with her mother, to Birkenau concentration camp in Poland; both miraculously survived, though Schloss's father and brother, imprisoned in nearby Auschwitz, did not. After the war, Eva's mother, Fritzi Geiringer, married Anne Frank's father, Otto (making Schloss the posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Eva's Summer Vacation: A Story of the Czech Republic (Jan Machalek) - Eva and her father travel from Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, to the Countryside to take part in her aunt's wedding. Eva stays with her cousins in the town of Hluck for the summer holiday, splashing in the brook and picking strawberries. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Miss Eva and the Red Balloon (Glennon) - Miss Eva, an old-fashioned schoolmarm, leads a routine life until one of her students gives her a magic balloon. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street (Roni Schotter) - When Eva sits on her stoop trying to complete a school assignment by writing about what happens in her neighborhood, she gets a great deal of advice and action. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Very Last First Time (Jan Andrews) - Eva lives in an Inuit village in northern Canada. In the winter, people search along the bottom of the seabed beneath a thick shelf of ice for mussels to eat. Eva usually helps her mother, but for the first time, she's going to go by herself. She soon gathers a pan full of mussels. But then, her candle goes out, and the tide threatens to return! When she is finally safe with her mother, Eva proclaims, "That was my very last first time walking alone on the bottom of the sea." Recommended for ages 6-10.

  • Famous People Named Eva

    Famous People Named Eva

    Famous People Named Eva - Eva Herzigová (supermodel); Eva Perón (political leader); Eva Longoria (actress); Eva Mendes (actress); Eva Gabor (actress); Eva LaRue (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Eva

    Children of Famous People Named Eva

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Eva - Ingmar Bergman (director); Martie Maguire (country musician); Susan Sarandon (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Eva - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    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 Eva

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Eva

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