Ava Name Meaning

Holding steady in the hearts of many due to her strong sound and easy spelling, Ava is a popular choice for moms-to-be today. She’s spunky yet sweet, offering loads of character in a compact package. She’s also a palindrome which earns her extra cool points.

After a long span of modest popularity, Ava shot to the U.S. Top Ten first in 2005. With no signs of slowing, she’ll continue to be a playground staple for years to come, making personalized items an easy find for any little Ava.

Ava fits in well with her popular sisters, matching the old-world charm of Sophia and Emma as well as the short and sweet spunk of Mia. She also has that oh-so-popular V sound found in Olivia and Evelyn.

An attractive attribute of Ava for many is the lack of inherent nicknames, allowing parents to avoid abbreviated monikers that they may not like. Ava’s short spelling and unique sound banish nicknames for good.

A variant of the Hebrew name Eve, Ava is the most-often used spelling in the English language. Her sister variant, Eva, is pronounced the same and is used in her place in Europe and beyond.

If you’re worried about popularity, similar names including Ada, Etta, Emme, and Una have the edge of Ava without widespread usage.

Infographic of Ava name meaning, which is Ava is a Latin variant of Eve, meaning to live.
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Ava Name Popularity

How popular is the name Ava? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 505 30 0.0085%
1911 479 37 0.0099%
1912 578 38 0.0075%
1913 488 66 0.0116%
1914 445 107 0.0154%
1915 470 127 0.014%
1916 479 135 0.014%
1917 505 128 0.0128%
1918 514 136 0.0127%
1919 537 123 0.0117%
1920 505 144 0.013%
1921 522 139 0.0121%
1922 584 112 0.0101%
1923 550 126 0.0112%
1924 564 125 0.0108%
1925 569 116 0.0103%
1926 564 110 0.01%
1927 569 110 0.0099%
1928 584 101 0.0094%
1929 617 84 0.0081%
1930 576 97 0.0093%
1931 548 99 0.01%
1932 545 102 0.0103%
1933 573 83 0.0089%
1934 539 105 0.0109%
1935 631 65 0.0067%
1936 602 77 0.008%
1937 617 77 0.0078%
1938 724 50 0.0049%
1939 741 47 0.0046%
1940 775 44 0.0041%
1941 852 37 0.0033%
1942 639 93 0.0074%
1943 753 61 0.0047%
1944 827 43 0.0035%
1945 836 42 0.0034%
1946 733 78 0.0053%
1947 611 144 0.0086%
1948 618 135 0.0085%
1949 536 190 0.0118%
1950 469 253 0.0157%
1951 421 351 0.0207%
1952 431 349 0.02%
1953 389 429 0.0242%
1954 374 494 0.027%
1955 389 475 0.0258%
1956 394 480 0.0254%
1957 450 395 0.0205%
1958 496 331 0.0175%
1959 526 293 0.0154%
1960 533 285 0.015%
1961 620 223 0.0118%
1962 607 224 0.0122%
1963 587 240 0.0134%
1964 618 218 0.0124%
1965 630 192 0.0117%
1966 696 145 0.0093%
1967 722 137 0.009%
1968 730 133 0.0089%
1969 740 137 0.0089%
1970 768 138 0.0087%
1971 838 112 0.0075%
1972 809 113 0.0083%
1973 1,100 54 0.0042%
1974 965 77 0.0059%
1975 1,003 71 0.0055%
1976 1,270 42 0.0033%
1977 1,198 55 0.0041%
1978 1,075 73 0.0054%
1979 1,025 86 0.0061%
1980 1,210 62 0.0042%
1981 1,010 91 0.0062%
1982 1,189 63 0.0042%
1983 1,445 38 0.0026%
1984 953 102 0.0069%
1985 1,034 91 0.006%
1986 949 113 0.0075%
1987 963 115 0.0075%
1988 1,005 111 0.0071%
1989 1,016 120 0.0074%
1990 963 145 0.0087%
1991 853 186 0.0114%
1992 854 186 0.0117%
1993 747 227 0.0146%
1994 747 229 0.0149%
1995 735 229 0.0152%
1996 755 230 0.0154%
1997 639 301 0.0204%
1998 358 776 0.0518%
1999 263 1,179 0.0787%
2000 180 1,778 0.1164%
2001 132 2,531 0.168%
2002 81 3,749 0.2502%
2003 39 6,280 0.4128%
2004 25 8,644 0.5671%
2005 9 13,605 0.8898%
2006 5 16,938 1.0817%
2007 4 18,047 1.1438%
2008 5 17,035 1.1022%
2009 5 15,867 1.0616%
2010 5 15,429 1.0707%
2011 5 15,496 1.0877%
2012 5 15,529 1.0898%
2013 5 15,249 1.0711%
2014 5 15,688 1.0768%
2015 4 16,361 1.1245%
2016 3 16,283 1.1294%
2017 3 15,902 1.1394%
2018 3 14,924 1.0863%
2019 3 14,440 1.0667%

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Names Like Ava

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What names are variants of Ava?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Ava.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Avah
Avalee
Avelina
Aveline

Ancient

Avelyn
Avis

German

Avlynn
Eva

Life

Hebrew

Eve

Life, animal

Latin


What names sound like Ava?

If you like how Ava sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Ava.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ada

Noble one

German

Ave

Hail

Latin

Avery

Elf counsel

English

Aviana
Iva

God is gracious

Slavic


What names are similar to Ava?

Find a name that’s like Ava, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Adelaide

Noble one

German

Bella

Beautiful one

Italian

Edie

Strife for wealth

English

Ella

Other goddess

Hebrew

Emma

Whole or universal

German

Evelyn

Desired one

English

Evie

Life

English

Ivy

Ivy plant

English

Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

Sophia

Wisdom

Greek


Lists With Ava

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Siblings of Ava

Mamas with kids named Ava also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Sicily

Italian

Tyler

Tiler

English

23 Comments

  1. I fell in love with the name AVA means life her dad’s name starts with the letter A and I added 2 letters in my name(eVAngeline) i’m wishing a baby girl to mama mary, reciting 9 days novena every month as practiced to Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.
    then upon UTZ my OB told me that it’s a girl!, so i named my baby AVA ROSARY.??

  2. Needed a A name to match my daughter Amor. I wanted it short sweet n classy… came up with ava and couldn’t let it go…

  3. We chose this name for the meaning–life! We want our girl to live a life full of meaning and grace and passion!

  4. Ava means life so I wanted to name her something that had meaning after I lost my first daughter.

  5. We loved it. She was conceived on a full moon and born on one ten moons later so we chose a name we loved and ironically enough, it’s a palindrome!

  6. I was looking at baby names one day and I came across the name “Ava.” It means to live. Since then I couldn’t get the name out of my head! I completely fell in love with it!

  7. I chose the name Ava by going through a list of girls names.

    I chose Ava because it was simple and cute.

  8. I’m all about less common names, and have always been in love with Ava and knew that’s what I would name my daughter.

  9. Ava is a beautiful name! I have always wanted name My daughter this name!

  10. Ava is full of spunk and energy. She can already roll over and lift herself up on her arms during tummy time.

  11. She’s named Ava because it’s an A name like her father Aaron & Grace because it’s biblical.

  12. I came up with the name

  13. It’s very pretty and elegant

  14. I chooses ava because nobody has that name

  15. I just came up with her name her father name starts with an A so I named her with an A beautiful name

  16. I chose the name because before I found out we were pregnant I had a dream I had a girl that turned into an eagle so I chose Ava which means bird like…there is nothing that I dislike about my daughters name

  17. The name Ava is derived from the name Eve so we loved that it has a modern feel to it, but with Christian roots.

  18. We chose her middle name first – Jean, after her great grandmother – so then we needed to find something that matched. We went with Ava because we wanted something classic that would take her from childhood to adult seamlessly.

  19. Nice and simple..meaning life

  20. Unique name for a unique lil girl

  21. I actually first heard the name Ava in a movie when I was about 4 months pregnant. We knew we were having a girl, but hadn’t found a name that felt right yet. After watching the movie I asked my boyfriend what he thought about the name and he said he didn’t hate it but it wasn’t his favorite, either. About a month later, he started referring to the baby as Ava, and we felt like it just stuck ever since! We chose the middle name Grace because we both have family on either side of the family with that name, which seemed special. 🙂

  22. We chose Ava because it’s a hebrew name and means life. We love the name and it flows well with Lola.

  23. I loved the name Avangeline but my husband wasn’t fond of it so we settled on Ava. Her name is Ava Krystine


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