Gender: Female Meaning of Chava: "life" Origin of Chava: Hebrew

Chava Origin and Meaning

The name Chava is a girl's name of Hebrew, Yiddish origin meaning "life".

The Biblical form of Eve. English speakers may find the forms Ava or Eve easier in everyday life, but Chava is a lovely variation for a family that speaks Hebrew or Yiddish.

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Pop Culture References for the name Chava

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505mama Says:


Our daughter is Hava. We dropped the C because where we live- people could pronounce it “ch” rather than the intended “h”. I love that no one else she knows has her name. It’s weird at first, sure, but now no one forgets her name and a unique name surely fits her :)

CocoaPuff Says:


Different pronounciation so you know.

CocoaPuff Says:


Right? Frankly, i think the adage, "if you have nothing nice to say..." ought to apply to Nameberry's staff. It seems like ethnic names often get the short end of the stick on this site.

scblovesnames Says:


I think this is very pretty. Definitely think nameberry should keep their opinions on names more nuetral and fair. I'm not a fan of Eva or Evie. I prefer Eve, but this makes a perfect alternative.

disqus_J1CtzFb81Q Says:


Daughter is named Chava. This is the name of Eve as named and pronounced in the original Hebrew in the bible (old testament). As a pet name, we often call her Havi (like hah-vee).

Sweekune Says:


I love this name after discovering it in The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker. Unfortunately I could never use it due to its similarities with the word "chav"