Ava Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: AY-və, A-və (key)

Origin of the name Ava:

Of uncertain origin and meaning, Ava is thought to be a short form of the Germanic Aveza or Avia, which are also of uncertain meaning.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Ayva, Eva

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Comments and insights on the name Ava

I love the name Ava, it's so cute and fits any nationality. My daughters name is Aveline, we call her Ava.

Ava is an absolutely adorable name! It's a short, sweet name that can still sound great for an adult. Ava has risen in popularity tremendously in the last few years, but the popularity hasn't taken anything from the name. Ava is just a beautiful name!

I know an Ava who is in hr 40's and she's not a nice person.

Ava is a Persian name. I am Persian myself and I am sure about this. Ava is a beautiful name in Persian which means 'nice sound' or better to say 'sweet melody'. It is a popular name among modern Persians.

According to the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, Ava is 'cool', while Avery is 'cooler', and Avis is 'uncool'. Ava is also #2 on the list of top 100 cool baby names for girls in this book.

Ava is a cute name, but it's getting WAY too common.

Ava is an okay name. It's not nearly as pretty as Eva or Avery.

I personally like Avery better.

I'm not crazy about Ava, I don't know why, just not

Personal experiences with the name Ava

I know a little Ava who is absolutely adorable, and she couldn't be any sweeter. Anytime I think Ava, I think sweet.

In Spanish class in 6th grade, the teacher had us choose our own Spanish names, or we could translate our own name into Spanish. My name is Havilah, whish is NOT Spanish at all, so she suggested Ava, and I really like the name. I think the name is very pretty and adorable.

I have 3 month old tripets named "Ava-lee" "Darley-mae" & "Justin-drew" I also have a niece named Ava who turned 1 yesterday.

Does the name Ava have anything to do with aviation? I know of a guy who was totally into aviation and named his daughter Ava because he said it meant "winged".

Grandma was called Ava Jane because she refused to answer without her middle name and used it as part of her first name. My whole family pronounces it as "Ah-vuh" because of her and to my ears "Ay-vuh" sounds like it should be spelled as Eva (plus "Ay-vuh" Jane sounds a lot harsher and harsh is about the opposite of my grandma). I would consider naming a little girl Ava Marie (got Grandma's name, my middle name which is after my aunt Mary, the beautiful song played at my other grandmother's funeral and my sister's wedding, and the name of the childcare center that holds some really happy memories all in one).

I know a little Ava who is 4 and is one of the cutest little girls I know! She has an older sister named Antonia who is 15 and gorgeous!

I babysit a 3-year-old girl called Ava. She's an adorable little girl.

I always loved the name Ava because of the classic movie star Ava Gardner. A few years ago I saw a little girl with the name Ava and excitedly asked the mother if she liked old movies. She looked incredibly confused. Later I realized that it was the new trendy name. It still bums me out that the majority of the people naming their daughter Ava have never seen an Ava Gardner movie. :(

I heard that Ava Gardner was a great actress, but not a nice person in real life, she had a terrible temper and would use physical force, and she was married several times, once to Frank Sinatra.

My name is Ava and I love my name and names similar too it like Avis, Avery, Aviva e.c.t I am eleven but whenever I tell people my name they say "Oh it's way too common" but it wasn't when I was born!!

I know an Ava who is in her 40's and she's not a very nice person.

Nicknames for Ava

Aves, Avies, Av, A, Ave, Vava, Va, V, Avia, Ava Potata, Avi

Meanings and history of the name Ava

Meaning: Home/family; responsibility; artistic in nature

I've read in multiple baby-naming books that Ava means "birdlike" or "flight" or "like a bird". It is believed to be Latin and possibly come from names such as "Avalon" or "Avis".

-Some sites state that Ava "a little bird".

Some books claim that Ava means "Hazelnut".

Famous real-life people named Ava

Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress
Ava Alice Muriel Astor, American socialite
Saint Ava, ninth century Roman Catholic saint
The poet Ava (c. 1060 – 7 February 1127), also known as Frau Ava, Ava of Göttweig or Ava of Melk, was the first named female writer in any genre in the German language.
Ava Jaymes McLean, daughter of A.J. McLean, member of the Backstreet Boys
Ava Barber, U.S. country singer
Ava Leigh, British reggae singer
Ava Lane Busby, one of the Busby Quints
Ava Ohlgren, American collegiate swimmer
Ava Lowle Willing, American socialite
Ava Elizabeth (b. 1997), daughter of Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora
Ava Elizabeth Phillippe (b. 1999), daughter of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Ava Rose Kathleen (b. 2005), daughter of Martina McBride and John McBride
Ava Dillon (b. 2006), daughter of American actor Kevin Dillon
Ava Caroline (b. 2007), daughter of Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra
Ava Veronica Priestley (b. 2007), daughter of Canadian-American actor and director Jason Priestley
Ava Rhea Economopoulos (b. 2008), daughter of Canadian stand-up comedian and actress Caroline Rhea
Ava Salazar (b. 2009), daughter of Spanish actress Paz Vega
Ava Grace Strickland (b. 2011), daughter of former Dancing with the Stars champ and Bachelor winner Melissa Rycroft
Ava Frances Manning (b. 2011), daughter of American football quarterback Eli Manning
Ava Rose (b. 2012), daughter of Tricia Brock and Nick Baumhardt
Ava Elizabeth (b. 2012), daughter of Clayton and Natali Morris

Ava in song, story & screen

Song "Ava Adore" by Smashing Pumpkins
Ava Elizabeth "Buffy" Patterson-Davis from the 1960s TV show "Family Affair"
Ava Wilson character on the t.v. series "Supernatural"
Ava Malone character on the t.v. series "Girlfriends"
Ava Moore character on the t.v. series "Nip/Tuck"
Ava Peralta character on the soap opera "Guiding Light"
Ava Marchetta character in the 2006 movie "Material Girls"
Ava Benton, character in the soap opera "All My Children"
Ava Lord, character in Frank Miller's Sin City universe

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