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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 2014: #5

Ava was given a huge popularity boost -- Ava's currently at Number 5 -- 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 who was cured of blindness and became a nun.

Famous People Named Ava

Saint Ava, daughter of King Pepin II of Aquitaine
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American actress
Ava Lowle Willing, American socialite, wife of John Jacob Astor IV
Ava Alice Muriel Astor, American heiress, daughter of John Jacob Astor IV and Ava Lowle Willing
Ava Marlene Barber, American country music singer
Ava, first recorded woman German-language writer
Ava Marie DuVernay, American film director
Ava Leigh (born Hayley Carline), Jamaican reggae singer
Ava (born Lee Jung-hyun), South Korean pop singer
Ava DeMary, American actress
Ava Ulloa, American actress
Ava Smith, American model
Ava Sydney Hewitt, daughter of tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and actress Bec Cartwright
Ava Rose Kathleen McBride, daughter of singer Martina McBride and John McBride
Ava Frances Manning, daughter of NFL player Eli Manning
Ava Archer Syme Reeves, daughter of actor Keanu Reeves
Ava Caroline, daughter of athletes Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra
Ava Grace, daughter of reality TV personality Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland
Ava Elizabeth Sambora, daughter of actress Heather Locklear and musician Richie Sambora
Ava Rose, daughter of singer Tricia Brock
Ava Elizabeth Morris, daughter of newscaster Clayton Morris
Ava Elizabeth Philippe, daughter of actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Ava Eliot, daughter of actor Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Ava Jaymes McLean, daughter of AJ McLean, american singer of the Backstreet Boys
Ava Berlin, daughter of actor Jeremy Renner
Ava Veronica, daughter of actor Jason Priestley

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

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