Gender: Female Pronunciation: ee-va, eh-va, or ay-va Meaning of Eva: "life" Origin of Eva: Latin form of Eve, Hebrew Eva's Popularity in 2019: #84

Eva Origin and Meaning

The name Eva is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "life".

Eva is found in many different languages as a variation of Eve—the Old Testament name recognizable as the first woman in Abrahamic religions. Short forms of the name include Evie and Evita. The diminutive Evita is still strongly associated with Evita Peron, wife of the Argentine President Juan Peron.

Eva is a simple, classic Hebrew name for girls, but be warned: There are suddenly a lot of little girls named Eva (and Ava and Eve) around, perhaps inspired by Eva Longoria. Eva has been a Top 100 name since 2009 and is one of the elite group of girl names that mean life.

The 1852 publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin, the bestselling novel of the nineteenth century, whose tragic figure Little Eva (short for Evangeline) made an enormous impression on the Victorian reading public, propelled the name to popularity.

Some well known Evas include actresses Evas Marie Saint, Gabor, Green, Longoria and Mendes, sculptor Eva Hesse, singer Little Eva, and model Eva Herzigova

Eva is a highly popular girls’ name in the Netherlands.

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Rank in US: #84

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Annabvella Says:


Me too.

penelope_lynson Says:


I prefer Eve

josephinedagnall Says:


I will only ever be able to think of Eva Smith from 'An Inspector Calls'.

RoseGoldHeart Says:


Vain much?

indiefendi2 Says:


I know different languages have different rules and all, but to me why spell it Eva if you're gonna pronounce it Ava? I could understand "eh-va" but...Ava? That would confuse me.

Daiseymae Says:


Most Hispanic Americans pronounce Eva as "Ava". Most of us say Eva as "ee-va". Ava is "ay-va". There is the actress Eva Marie Saint. She said that her name is pronounced as "ee-va".

amberkathleen Says:


If this one is a girl.. this will be her name. And I shall call her Evie.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I like Eva, but I have noticed that in America, they tend to pronounce it like Ava. I'm Australian and here we Ava differently to Eva.

EW314 Says:


I really like it too, but I'd hesitate because of all the soundalikes right at the top of the popularity rankings: Eva, Ava, Evie, Evelyn, Eve... I feel like it's all a bit too much.

But all that aside, this would have been right up there on the list for my daughter. I might even have a little Eva asleep on me right now (but she ended up a Juno!)

scblovesnames Says:


I wrote "Pretty" 20 days ago. My husband has mentioned this name off and on, in passing. I am going to let this be the name of a girl. If he likes it, why not? Yes my son is Eli. But you know what? There are worse sibling combinations then Eli and Eva. It's starting to grow on me, but I don't want to love it too much. Every time I have a high with a name, it just crashes to a very deep low. This name is pretty. It is nice. It isn't a name crush, it isn't instant love at first sight. But I know if I have a daughter she will be love at first sight. I think this name will suite a girl well, and it grows well, and I really do like the nickname Evita.

babymagic Says:


Maybe because it sounds like "evil" with a New York gangsta accent?

AliciaDawnCasey Says:


My grandma and great grandma's name!

DolphinLover17 Says:


I really like this name。

indiefendi2 Says:


I really want to like this name but I can't put my finger on why I dislike it

Leah3456 Says:


Just as pretty as Ava.

Eva Thyssen Says:


It fits perfectly the surname Thyssen, doesn't it?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I really like Eva, along with Ava, Ada, Eve, and Eden! : )
I initially pronounced this as ee-va, but I feel like eh-va is cool as well.

MaryKathryn Says:


I fell in love with this name after hearing Ellen DeGeneres talk about her niece