Quick Facts on Nova
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Nova
A nova is an exploding star. It was given its name by Tycho Brahe, a 16th century Danish astronomer, in his 1573 book “De nova stella” (Latin: “Of the new star”). Nova is the Latin word for “new”. A nova occurs on the surface of a white dwarf star when its gravity attracts matter from a companion star. A nuclear explosion follows the instability of the white dwarf’s surface which results in a sudden luminosity sometimes visible by the naked eye. The brilliant glow produced by a nova is temporary and may last only for several days to a couple of weeks. Roughly 40 novae occur in the Milky Way galaxy per year. As a female given name, Nova has been in circulation since the late 19th century in the United States. Today, the name finds most of its concentrated usage in Sweden and the Netherlands.
Popularity of the Name Nova
As a girl’s name, Nova first appeared on the U.S. charts in 1885 and remained on the charts until 1938. During those 50 or so years, the name was not very common or heavily used. But it did impress us that she was on there at all. Nova’s glow diminished when she disappeared from usage for over 70 years; the name just returned to the charts in 2011. Still a low-ranking name, Nova remains underused and uncommon. A unique choice by all accounts, Nova is a name that imbues a certain “explosive” quality. New and energetic, bright and luminary, the concept and meaning behind “Nova” makes for a pretty cool name choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Nova
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Nova
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Nova
Nova We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Nova.
Popular Songs on Nova
Nova - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Nova.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Nova
Nova the Robot Builds a Friend (David Kirk) - Nova the Robot is a precocious eight-year-old robot with a lot of heart and a penchant for space exploration. Get to know Nova and the robotic pets he has built as they learn how to hard-wire lasting friendships. Nova the Robot wants to build himself a friend, but he needs some help! This robot-shaped board book will have kids excited to learn their colors and shapes as they assist Nova in creating a pet. Recommended for ages 4-7.
Nova the Robot Fixes His Spaceship (David Kirk) - Nova the Robot is a precocious eight-year-old robot with a lot of heart and a penchant for space exploration. Get to know Nova and the robotic pets he has built as they learn how to hard-wire lasting friendships. Nova needs help repairing his broken spaceship, but he cannot do it alone. His robotic pets can help him become space-bound in no time! Recommended for ages 4-7.
Nova's Ark (David Kirk) - Nova, a robot boy from the planet Roton, accidentally rockets himself into space during a class field trip and eventually stumbles across the energy source his planet needs for survival. Recommended for ages 4-7.
Nova's Ark: Twinkle Twinkle, Little Hedgehog (David Kirk) - Poor Twinkle! Nova's sharp-spiked, spark-shooting hedgehog wants to cuddle with everyone, but no one wants to touch him! This heartwarming story about love and friendship is a perfect choice for newly independent readers. Recommended for ages 4-7.
Nova's Super-Galactic Pop-Up (David Kirk) - Bestselling author and Miss Spider creator David Kirk brings us this amazingly intricate pop-up version of his beloved fable Nova’s Ark. This hardcover, with eight spreads and eight gatefolds bursting with 3-D images of Nova, his many spaceships, and his metallic menagerie of friends, will be treasured by children (and adults) for years to come. Recommended for ages 4-7.
Famous People Named Nova
Famous People Named Nova - Nova Pilbeam (English actress)
Children of Famous People Named Nova
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Nova - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Nova.
Nova - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Nova - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nova.
Personality of the Girl Name Nova
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Nova