Gender: Male Meaning of Akiva: "to protect, replace," Origin of Akiva: Hebrew

Akiva Origin and Meaning

The name Akiva is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "to protect, replace,".

Akiva has a distinguished scholarly pedigree and a lovely meaning. Its softer sound is very on trend for masculine names at the moment and is in line with more familiar monikers like Ezra, Elijah and Theo.

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Pop Culture References for the name Akiva

Kivah, Kiba, Kiva, Keeva, Akiba, Akiv, Keevah, Kivi, Akavya, Akeeva


J. Says:


My boyfriend's name is Akiva and he is awesome and it's a wonderful name for him. He often has to say it twice when introducing himself but overall has been a great name for him

RoddyThlayli Says:


This is one of those names, along with Lindsey, Casey and Jamie that I can see why they sound feminine to some people, but they sound so masculine to me that it would never have occurred to my mind that they could be girl's names.

headintheclouds Says:


Akiva from the superb YA book series Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my first encounter with this name, and I love it! I'm not Jewish and I'm not sure whether this name can be used for the masses (like say, Kevin is now widespread, not just for Irish people), but I love it.

Akiva doesn't necessarily sound feminine just because of the -a ending, and even so, it's a wonderful name that people shouldn't turn away from just because of that. Softer-sounding boy's names are perfectly fine, and if girls can be named something "harder" sounding like Greer, or God forbid the latest wave of boy names on girls like James and Ezra, then Akiva for a boy as it was intended, is the least "weird" of the bunch!

indiefendi2 Says:


I like Akiva, it's interesting!

MonthofSundays Says:


I don't think it sounds any more feminine than Ezra and Luca. I like it!

dbmermels15 Says:


Does not sound feminine. At all! And even if it did, why are girls' names bad for being feminine? You can have strong girls names, which are just as strong as strong boys' names.

Chrissy425 Says:


I know a little boy named Akiva, so cute!