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The name Neva is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "white snow". Neva and is often added to lists like Cool Winter Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
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Has a pure, clean aura, but is also evocatively exotic.
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makes me think of the Neva river in St Petersburg
This is neither a word nor a name in Spanish.
I love this name, by itself or as a nickname for Geneva.
We are Neva Eva Eva getting back togetherI know it's not pronounced that way but still.
Neva is also English. 11th to 17 century. Meaning new. It's also a river in Russia.
Loving this as a nickname for Geneva (pronounced Nee-va), along with Neve
Simple and beautiful. Might be a good way to subtly honour Russian heritage too as my first thought was the Neva River in St Petersburg.
Haha as an American with Mexican born grandmothers, I hear native spoken Spanish often. I always get annoyed with the inaccuracies of the pronunciations for Spanish names on Nameberry and in baby name books. They are almost always wrong! If it sounds unappealing, it's probably mispronounced hahaha
Thank you! I looked on Nameberry and it said it was pronounced Nee-A-bays which totally put me off. The way you pronounce it is so much nicer!!
It's pronounced NYEH-vehs :)
But this opens up the issue of n-eye-vuh which I do find easier to deal with than n-eh-vuh since it's not a word but still annoying.
And now that I've posted that I realise it's probably a lot easier for me to google that!
How is Nieves pronounced?
I'd just spell it Nieva to eliminate the NEHva problem out of the way and also open up the opportunity to pronounce it like Nieves (Spanish word for snow).
Niva is an alternate spelling if you're worried about the never part! (:
I'd be very worried that people would pronounce it Never all the time and that would really annoy me!
I agree with nameberry; it is one of the most refreshing sounding names.
Pretty name with nice meaning.
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