ee-va, eh-va, or ay-va
Latin form of Eve, Hebrew

Eva Origin and Meaning

The name Eva is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "life".

Eva is a simple, classic Hebrew name for girls that recently slipped out of the US Top 100 for the first time in more than a decade. Pronounced either like her more popular sister Ava or less popular sister Eve, Eva is one of the elite group of girl names that mean life.

Eva is found in many different languages as a variation of Eve—the Old Testament name recognizable as the first woman in Abrahamic religions. Short forms of the name include Evie and Evita. The diminutive Evita is still strongly associated with Evita Peron, wife of the Argentine President Juan Peron.

The 1852 publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the bestselling novel of the nineteenth century, whose tragic figure Little Eva (short for Evangeline) made an enormous impression on the Victorian reading public, propelled the name to popularity.

Some well known Evas include actresses Evas Marie Saint, Gabor, Green, Longoria and Mendes, sculptor Eva Hesse, singer Little Eva, and model Eva Herzigova

Eva is a highly popular girls’ name throughout the Western World, ranking in the Top 100 of most English-speaking countries along with a wide range of European nations, from Spain and Italy to France and Germany to Scandinavia. This makes Eva one of the most internationally versatile names today.

# 112 in the US

Eva Rank in US Top 1000

# 125 on Nameberry

Eva Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Eva Popularity

Famous People Named Eva

  • Eva "Evita" PerónArgentine politician
  • Eva Jacqueline LongoriaAmerican actress
  • Eva Anna Paula Braunwife of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler
  • Eva MendesAmerican actress
  • Eva GaborHungarian,American socialite and actress
  • Eva HesseGerman,American sculptor
  • Eva Gaelle GreenFrench actress and model
  • Eva Marie SaintAmerican actress
  • Eva Ibbotson (born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner)Austrian,British novelist
  • Eva Monica Anna Ekvall (Johnson)Venezuelan model and TV presenter
  • Eva Qamaniq AariakCanadian politician, 2nd premier of Nunavut
  • Evangelina "Eva" SimonsDutch singer,songwriter
  • Eva AngelinaAmerican porn actress
  • Eva Barbara NovakAmerican silent film actress
  • Eva Helene NansenSwedish operatic mezzo,soprano
  • Eva NovakGerard, Hungarian Olympic swimmer
  • Eva NoblezadaAmerican Broadway actress
  • Eva Selina Laura GoreBooth, Irish poet and suffragist
  • Eva Miriam HartEnglish Titanic survivor
  • Eva Catherine GardnerAmerican electric bassist
  • Eva IonescoFrench actress
  • Eva CantarellaItalian classicist
  • Eva GutowskiYoutuber behind the channel "MyLifeAsEva"
  • Eva MarcilleAmerican model and reality TV personality
  • Eva AmurriAmerican actress; daughter of actress Susan Sarandon
  • Eva Daviesdaughter of singer Ray Davies of The Kinks
  • Eva Jean Fortneydaughter of actress Maria Pitillo and David Fortney
  • Eva Giselle Jordandaughter of reality TV personalities Stevie J and Mimi Faust ("Love & Hip Hop Atlanta")
  • Eva Luna Westerholtdaughter of Dutch singer Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation and Robert Westerholt
  • EvaMarie Thompson (b. 2009), daughter of sprinters Marion Jones and Obadele Thompson
  • Eva Hollick (b. 2015)daughter of actors Michael Hollick and Angela Tsai
  • Eva James Jenner (b. 2015)daughter of singer Leah Jenner and Brandon Jenner
  • EvaDeia Branson (b. 2015), daughter of model/actress Isabella Calthorpe and Sam Branson; granddaughter of business mogul Richard Branson
  • Eva Maria dos Santos (b. 2017)daughter of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, twin of brother Mateo
  • Eva Herzigova (b. 1973) CzechItalian Supermodel & actress
  • Eva Lovia (b. 1989) American adult actress

Eva in Pop Culture

  • Evamain character in Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg"
  • Little Evacharacter in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
  • Eva Belyakov from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Eva Sanchezcharacter in "The Purge"
  • EvaMarco's mom in the Animorphs book series
  • Eva Kantcharacter from the Diabolik series
  • Eva Weimain character of the animated series "Oban Star Racers"
  • EVAcharacter in the Metal Gear video game series
  • Evacharacter in the Devil May Cry video game series
  • Evathe Goddess of Water in the mythology of the MMORPG Lineage II
  • Evacharacter on animated series "Total Drama Island"
  • Evacharacter in the movie "Igor"
  • Eva Ushiromiyacharacter in manga and anime "Umineko no Naku Koro ni"
  • Evacharacter in animated series "The Zimmer Twins"
  • EvaRafael's wife in the Rio animated movies
  • Eva Pricecharacter on British soap "Coronation Street"
  • "Eva" song by Nightwish
  • Evelyn "Eva" Lelandcharacter in Elsie Dinsmore series
  • "Eva" 2010 Romanian movie
  • "Eva" 2011 Spanish movie
  • Eva Oliviermain character in 1962 Italian movie "Eva"
  • "Eva" 1948 Swedish movie
  • "Eva" novel by Peter Dickinson and its main character
  • Eva Sinclaircharacter in the series "The Originals"
  • Eva Seileralias for Julie in Code Name Verity
  • Eva Tamsynmain character in The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang
  • Eva Kviig Mohncharacter in the Norwegian TV series "Skam".
  • Eva Mansfield (A.K.A. Amber Horn)character in MTV's "Awkward."
  • "Deliver Us from Eva" 2003 romantic comedy filmnamed after the character of Evangeline "Eva" Dandrige

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