Nova Origin and Meaning

The name Nova is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "new".

Nova has the feel of both newness, from its meaning, and great energy as an astronomical term for a star that increases suddenly in brightness before fading.

Nova had some reasonable degree of popularity at the turn of the last century, only to disappear for more than 70 years before making a, well, astronomical comeback. Nova now ranks in the US Top 50 for baby girls and also entered the UK Top 100 in 2022.

Nova Pilbeam, the star of one of Hitchcock's early British films, had family ties to Nova Scotia. Other Nova ties: the long-running science TV show and the finest kind of lox.

Given to more than 5000 girls in the US each year - and to a not insubstantial 240 boys - Nova is a current star that doesn't look as though it will be fading any time soon.

# 35 in the US

Nova Rank in US Top 1000

# 106 on Nameberry

Nova Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Nova Popularity

Famous People Named Nova

  • Nova Margery PilbeamBritish stage and film actress
  • Nova Maree Perisfirst Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal (hockey) and Australia's first female Indigenous federal parliamentarian
  • Nova Ren SumaAmerican novelist
  • Nova SkippEnglish actress; daughter of actor Colin Skipp
  • Nova Danzig (b. 2008)daughter of mixed martial artist Mac Danzig
  • Nova Star DeJesus (b. 2011)daughter of TV personality Briana DeJesus of "Teen Mom 3"
  • Nova Campbell (b. 2014)daughter of actress Lake Bell and Scott Campbell
  • Novalee Reign "Nova" Baltierra (b. 2015)daughter of TV personalities Catelynn and Tyler Baltierra of "Teen Mom"
  • Nova Whitfield (b. 2016)daughter of rapper/actor DC Young Fly and Jacky Oh
  • Nova Reedusdaughter of Norman Reedus and Diane Kruger.

Nova in Pop Culture

  • Novacharacter in "Planet of the Apes"
  • Nova Prescottmain character in the Disney film "Prom"
  • Novaa character in the movie "Sharknado"
  • Nova Corpsintergalactic police force from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie series
  • "Terra Nova" a 2011 Fox TV series
  • November Annabella "Nova" TerraCharacter in the Starcraft Universe
  • Novacharacter in MoondustBri's YouTube series Lunar Project 2.0
  • Nova Artino/Nova McLainthe main character of Marissa Meyer's Renegades novels.
  • Nova Citroencharacter in the Jackie Collins novel 'Rock Star'.
  • Novapopular British women's magazine of the 1960s
  • 'Biba Nova'song from the British television series 'Rock Follies'.

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