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Gender: F Meaning of Ava: "life" Origin of Ava: Latin, related to birds, or variation of Eve Ava's Popularity in 2015: #4

Ava was given a huge popularity boost -- Ava's currently at Number 4 -- when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters. This Glamour Girl name via Hollywood beauty Ava Gardner is attractive but epidemically popular!

Some parents who love Ava's simplicity and style have looked on to other choices that might take her place: Eva, Avery, Ada, Aveline and so on. The result, as with other popular names such as Hailey and Aiden that have spawned a raft of imitators, is that Ava is beginning to feel even more ubiquitous than it might based on its Top 5 standing.

Ava seemed to be headed towards Number 1 -- it's no accident we titled our most recent book on baby name style Beyond Ava & Aiden -- but, though it seems to have been somewhat side-swiped by the Olivia-Isabella-Sophia group, it will still certainly stay in the Top 10 for years to come. It's a lovely name on many levels, but if you want something that will stand out, keep looking.

One of the most fascinating things about Ava is that it's a much more ancient name than its modern-feeling sleekness would suggest. St. Ava was the daughter of King Pepin and was cured of blindness and became a nun.

Famous People Named Ava

Saint Ava, a 9th Century Princess and daughter of Pepin II of Aquitaine, she was cured of blindness by Saint Rainfredis, then became a Benedictine nun (Feast Day: April 29)
Ava Lowle Willing, American Socialite and the first wife of Colonel John Jacob Astor IV (1868–1958)
Ava Alice Muriel Astor, An American Socialite and Heiress, the daughter of Colonel John Jacob Astor IV and Ava Lowle Willing (1902–1956)
Ava Gardner, the famous American Actress and Singer (1922-1990)
Ava Elizabeth Sambora, daughter of Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear (b. 1997)
Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, daughter of Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon (b. 1999)

Pop Culture References for the name Ava

Ava Jerome, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Ava Benton, character on American soap "All My Children"
Ava Peralta, character on American soap "Guiding Light"
Ava Moore, transgender character on TV's "Nip/Tuck"
Ava Lord, character in in the Sin City series
Ava Gregory, main character on TV's "Summerland"
Ava Marchetta, main character in movie "Material Girls"
Ava Barlow, character in Kristen Ahsley's "Rock Chick" series
Ava London, character in "Beneath the Glitter" by Elle and Blair Fowler
Ava Ire, main character in webcomic 'Ava's Demon'
Ava Garden Wilder, character in Nina LaCour's "Everything Leads to You"
Ava Wilhelmina Lavender, main character in Leslye Walton's "The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender"
Ava Inferi, Portuguese musical group
Ava, Persian name meaning "Voice"
Ava Ayala, fifth White Tiger in the Marvel Universe
Ava Adore, song by Smashing Pumpkins

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