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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 2017: #73

The name Eva is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "life". Eva is ranked #73 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like British Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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

The diminutive Evita is still strongly associated with Evita Peron, wife of the Argentine President Juan Peron. Eva is a highly popular girls’ name in the Netherlands.

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Famous People Named Eva

Eva "Evita" Perón, Argentine politician
Eva Jacqueline Longoria, American actress
Eva Anna Paula Braun, wife of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler
Eva Mendes, American actress
Eva Gabor, Hungarian-American socialite and actress
Eva Hesse, German-American sculptor
Eva Gaelle Green, French actress and model
Eva Marie Saint, American actress
Eva Ibbotson (born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner), Austrian-British novelist
Eva Monica Anna Ekvall (Johnson), Venezuelan model and TV presenter
Eva Qamaniq Aariak, Canadian politician, 2nd premier of Nunavut
Evangelina "Eva" Simons, Dutch singer-songwriter
Eva Angelina, American porn actress
Eva Barbara Novak, American silent film actress
Eva Helene Nansen, Swedish operatic mezzo-soprano
Eva Novak-Gerard, Hungarian Olympic swimmer
Eva Noblezada, American Broadway actress
Eva Selina Laura Gore-Booth, Irish poet and suffragist
Eva Miriam Hart, English Titanic survivor
Eva Catherine Gardner, American electric bassist
Eva Ionesco, French actress
Eva Cantarella, Italian classicist
Eva Gutowski, Youtuber behind the channel "MyLifeAsEva"
Eva Marcille, American model and reality TV personality
Eva Amurri, American actress; daughter of actress Susan Sarandon
Eva Davies, daughter of singer Ray Davies of The Kinks
Eva Jean Fortney, daughter of actress Maria Pitillo and David Fortney
Eva Giselle Jordan, daughter of reality TV personalities Stevie J and Mimi Faust ("Love & Hip Hop Atlanta")
Eva Luna Westerholt, daughter of Dutch singer Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation and Robert Westerholt
Eva-Marie Thompson (b. 2009), daughter of sprinters Marion Jones and Obadele Thompson
Eva Hollick (b. 2015), daughter of actors Michael Hollick and Angela Tsai
Eva James Jenner (b. 2015), daughter of singer Leah Jenner and Brandon Jenner
Eva-Deia Branson (b. 2015), daughter of model/actress Isabella Calthorpe and Sam Branson; granddaughter of business mogul Richard Branson
Eva Maria dos Santos (b. 2017), daughter of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, twin of brother Mateo

Pop Culture References for the name Eva

Eva, main character in Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg"
Little Eva, character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Eva Belyakov from Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Eva Sanchez, character in "The Purge"
Eva, Marco's mom in the Animorphs book series
Eva Kant, character from the Diabolik series
Eva Wei, main character of the animated series "Oban Star Racers"
EVA, character in the Metal Gear video game series
Eva, character in the Devil May Cry video game series
Eva, the Goddess of Water in the mythology of the MMORPG Lineage II
Eva, character on animated series "Total Drama Island"
Eva, character in the movie "Igor"
Eva Ushiromiya, character in manga and anime "Umineko no Naku Koro ni"
Eva, character in animated series "The Zimmer Twins"
Eva, Rafael's wife in the Rio animated movies
Eva Price, character on British soap "Coronation Street"
"Eva," song by Nightwish
Evelyn "Eva" Leland, character in Elsie Dinsmore series
"Eva," 2010 Romanian movie
"Eva," 2011 Spanish movie
Eva Olivier, main character in 1962 Italian movie "Eva"
"Eva," 1948 Swedish movie
"Eva," novel by Peter Dickinson and its main character
Eva Sinclair, character in the series "The Originals"
Eva Seiler, alias for Julie in Code Name Verity
Eva Tamsyn, main character in The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang
Eva Kviig Mohn, character in the Norwegian TV series "Skam".
Eva Mansfield (A.K.A. Amber Horn), character in MTV's "Awkward."

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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