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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 "Themed Families..".

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 reality TV's Vanessa Simmons and Michael Wayans
Ava Obi (b. 2015), daughter of footballer Mikel Obi; twin of sister Mia
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 TV's "Outdaughtered"
Ava Kemp (b.2017), daughter of actor Ross Kemp; twin of sister Kitty

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

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