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Gender: Female Meaning of Ava: "life" Origin of Ava: Latin, related to birds, or variation of Eve Ava's Popularity in 2017: #3

The name Ava is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "life". Ava is ranked #3 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Ava was given a huge popularity boost -- Ava's currently the Number 3 girl name and the top girls' name starting with A -- when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters. Another reason for its appeal: It's one of the elite group of girl names that mean life. 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.

While Ava Gardner represents the Golden Age of Hollywood image of the name, director Ava DuVernay updates it to new Hollywood, together showcasing the name's attractive mix of sexiness and strength.

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Famous People Named Ava

Saint Ava, Princess of Aquitaine; daughter of Pepin II; cured of blindness by Saint Rainfredis, then became a Benedictine nun
Ava Marie DuVernay, American film director
Ava Lowle Willing, American Socialite; first wife of John Jacob Astor IV
Ava Alice Muriel Astor, American Socialite; daughter of John Jacob Astor IV and Ava Lowle Willing
Ava Lavinia Gardner, American Actress and Singer
Ava Marlene Barber, American country music singer
Ava Leigh (born Hayley Carline), British reggae singer
Ava, 11th century poet; first woman writer in German
Ava Astaire McKenzie, daughter of actor and dancer Fred Astaire
Ava Elizabeth Sambora, daughter of Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear (b. 1997)
Ava Elizabeth Phillippe, daughter of Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon (b. 1999)
Ava Archer Reeves (b. 1999), stillborn daughter of actor Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Syme
Ava Elizabeth DeLonge (b. 2002), daughter of musician Tom DeLonge and Jennifer Jenkins
Ava Rose Kathleen McBride (b. 2005), daughter of singer Martina McBride
Ava Eliot Jackman (b. 2005), daughter of actors Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee Furness
Ava Mazurkiewicz (b. 2006), daughter of drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz of Cannibal Corpse
Ava Carpinello (b. 2006), daughter of actors Amy Acker and James Carpinello
Ava Lorenn Gosselaar (b. 2006), daughter of actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lisa Ann Russell
Ava Dillon (b. 2006), daughter of actors Kevin Dillon and Jane Stuart
Ava Veronica Priestley (b. 2007), daughter of actor and director Jason Priestley
Ava Lila Rae Niccol (b. 2008), daughter of model Rachel Roberts and director Andrew Niccol
Ava Rhea Economopoulos (b. 2008), daughter of comedians Caroline Rhea and Costaki Economopoulos
Ava Jean Blanchard (b. 2008), daughter of actress Tammy Blanchard
Ava LaRynn Davis (b. 2009), daughter of singer LaKisha Jones and Larry Davis
Ava Madelyn McGee (b. 2009), daughter of golfer Annika Sorenstam and Mike McGee
Ava Salazar (b. 2009), daughter of actress Paz Vega and Orson Salazar
Ava Katherine Otto (b. 2010), daughter of country music singer James Otto
Ava Reese Biermann (b. 2010), daughter of actress Andrea Roth and Todd Biermann
Ava Grace Strickland (b. 2011), daughter of reality TV's Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland
Ava Frances Manning (b. 2011), daughter of football player Eli Manning and Abby McGrew
Ava Jaymes McLean (b. 2012), daughter of singer A.J. McLean and Rochelle Karidis
Ava Berlin Renner (b. 2013), daughter of actor Jeremy Renner and Sonni Pacheco
Ava Grace Pobre (b. 2014), daughter of actress Stacy Keibler and Jared Pobre
Ava Marie Jean Wayans (b. 2014), daughter of Vanessa Simmons and Michael Wayans
Ava Obi (b. 2015), daughter of footballer Mikel Obi
Ava Marie Grace Faustino (b. 2015), daughter of actor David Faustino and Lindsay Bronson
Ava Lane Busby (b. 2015), one of the Busby Quints on "Outdaughtered"
Ava Kemp (b.2017), daughter of actor Ross Kemp

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 Hartman, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Ava Walker, character in 1999 film "Tumbleweeds"
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 Ayala aka White Tiger, character in Marvel comics
Ava, humanoid robot in the film "Ex Machina"
Ava Inferi, Portuguese musical group
Ava, Persian name meaning "voice"
Ava Adore, song by Smashing Pumpkins
Ava Morgenstern, character on "Girl Meets World"
Ava, character in "Supernatural" season 2
Ava Jeffords, son of Terrence "Terry" Jeffords in Brooklyn Nine Nine

Avae, Aiva, Ave, Aveen, Avah, Avis, Avada, Aeva, Eva


Ava.coates33 Says:


My name is Ava as Well, and now in children under 12 it's very popular. It's not as common in terms and I've never met an adult Ava, but I've never has the trouble of being in the same class or grade as an ava. I was named after an older family member named eva.

Ella Says:


I only know an Avery who used Ava as her nickname.I could definitely use it.

Daiseymae Says:


Evelyn is gorgeous too.

Oboe Says:


My name is Ava, and I love my name, but my parents named me it because it was both pretty and not common. I just hate that it's popularity began to surge two years after I was born, and I no longer feel like my name is special and unique, as so many that are younger than me have the same name.

foreverharriet Says:


Ava is a recent love for me. It's beautiful and elegant yet simple and historic. Everything I could ask for in a name!

Star Dust Says:


When I was named Ava it was a very uncommon name, but now whenever I go somewhere with little girls there's at least one Ava. I love my name, but I expected it to an uncommon name, MY name, and it being so used makes me really sad and self conscious. And now that it's so popular people call it "boring" or "too short" or "too common" which doesn't help :(

sunshinexoxo Says:


I swear this name is going to be the new "ashely" EVERYONE is naming their baby this. I don't understand why it's so popular. It just seems so plain and boring.

irishdancer428 Says:


My name is Evelyn, which is similar, yet there are three Avas in my class. I don't mind the name, but I personally would choose a variation (like Evelyn :) )

marnie r Says:


I'm a camp counselor (girls aged 6-12), and at one point in my group alone (about 20 girls) we had five Ava's. Very pretty, though.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I haven't met any Ava's. It's so unheard of in my area that two people I spoke to about it pronounced it wrong. They pronounced it Ar-vah (which I think is actually quite pretty) and Ah-vuh xD

shelbynh Says:


I like this name, very pretty and feminine. It's high on the popularity list, but I've only met one little girl named Ava.

Yessica Says:


Never met someone named Ava....

Lena_Aline Says:


I know an Ayva, but I've never meat an Ava spelled like this.

actingfun Says:


I absolutely LOVE Ava, it's a shame that it's so popular now. Maybe as a middle name.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I know about 5 or more Avas, and I don't really think I'd ever use this name

thenamer007 Says:


I've heard it in Phoenix once

Heather McCormack Says:


I have a Ava Brielle. Love the name obviously! I know two Ava's and none of them in my region. I wanted something simple, oldashined, and feminine. Nailed it.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I've never met an Ava

Mmamaoftwo Says:


Such a pretty name!! Although it is popular you don't hear it everywhere you go. It depends on the region or town where you live.

JRConnor Says:


I have to ask. Are you in Phoenix? I've always loved the name & don't hear it in Phoenix much which makes me think I can use such a "popular" name.

Daiseymae Says:


Lovely name. I have always liked it, because of Ava Gardner. She was so beautiful.

Daiseymae Says:


This was on my list in 2000 when I had my first daughter, but I was surprised to see it skyrocket so quickly. The only Ava I knew at the time was the actress Ava Gardner. It is insanely popular now.

Bubbles03 Says:


I would personally prefer to go with Avalyn because it is less common and a bit more formal than Ava.

Hallie Says:


I like this name but it's way to popular so I have to keep myself from using it I am probably going to go with Aviah because I think it's a great alternative

princessmadison Says:


My cousins name is Ava and she's the only Ava I know of.

Catastroffy Says:


I've never met a single Ava.

Ava Thurman Says:


I have had the name for 67 years. I was named after my mothers best friend. Only met 2 others with this name until the last few years, now it's everywhere. One was in college from another state and one passed away last year at 94. I have always loved my name. Finally I can find Ava on coffee cups, Christmas ornaments and more.

indiefendi2 Says:


I said before (I think my comment got lost or something) that I hate this name mainly because it's so popular and cliché for "pretty name" but Ava DuVernay gave me new appreciation for it. In the middle it shall go! 😍

Guest Says:


For some reason I think this name is really ugly and I prefer Eve or Eva. :(

_ Says:


To be honest, I don't really like this name. Even if it wasn't popular, it's just a bit... too short for me? I don't really like the way it sounds, either. I do prefer it over Ada, though.

Leah3456 Says:


This name is pretty and has a hint of foreign flair.

jordalini Says:


Maybe it is because I am in college, and not around a bunch of kids but I do not know many Ava's, I know a bunch of little Sophia's from coworkers, and some family, but no Avas

SparkleNinja18 Says:


My name is insanely popular and it gets so annoying. I would never want to do that to a kid but I know it doesn't bother some people. It's just my personal preference.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I can believe there are that many Ava's collectively, but that doesn't mean there are many in every state and town . where I live, there aren't many Ava's. So keep in mind that is the number altogether. Also, nobody said you can't use a popular name, otherwise they wouldn't be so popular.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


This seems to be one of the most overused names that people don't believe are as popular as it is. I can assure you, Social Security didn't lie about the 15,129 baby girls who received the name last year.

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


This is one of my closest friends name. It seems pretty popular, yet she is the only Ava I have ever met. I think the name is beautiful just rising in popularity which makes me kind of sad.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


People keep saying how common Ava is, and I see it high on the popularity list, but I only recall having met one Ava! Then again it might even have been Ada. I think Ava is beautiful. I personally don't hear it too much.

caroblaise Says:


It's crazy, because this is my sister's name, and when she was born, it was extremely uncommon. Now, if I yell for my sister in a public place, a dozen preschoolers turn their heads. I actually cannot believe it has become this popular.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I hate it when parents try to "stand out" with the same old names... Fails every time