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Girl Names That Mean Life

Girl Names That Mean Life
Names meaning life may appeal to parents of babies of either gender, but the girls' names that mean life are particularly appealing. Life — or lively or vivacious or energetic — is a meaning not attached to a large number of names, but one that is inspiring and uplifting. The most common girl names related to life are Ava and Zoey in all its spellings.

Along with Ava and Zoey, other girl names that mean life in the US Top 1000 include Alma, Bria, Eva, Evie, Hayden, Liv, Vivian, and Viviana. Among the lively girl names that deserve more attention are Asha, Hathaway, Karasi, and Amarli.

We also include here names for girls that refer to the place where the person lives, as well as names with meanings connected to soul, growth, blood, and breath. Girl names with meanings that relate to life include the following.

AvaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, Latin or Germanic
  • Meaning:

    "life; bird; water, island"
  • Description:

    In medieval times, Ava was a diminutive of Germanic names beginning in Av-, in particular Aveline, from which the name Evelyn would eventually arise. It may derive from a Proto-Germanic root meaning "island" or "water". However, the medieval name eventually fell out of use entirely, only to resurface in contemporary times. This suggests that today’s Ava may be a modern variation of Eva. Alternatively, Ava could also derive from the Latin avis, meaning "bird." Ava has separate Persian roots as a name meaning "voice" or "sound."

EvaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin form of Eve, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    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.

EvieHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Eve or Eva
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Evie was derived from Eve, which in turn comes from Chawwah, a Hebrew name related to the concept of life. Evie can be used as a nickname for any name that starts with Ev-, including Eva, Evelyn, and Evangeline, but also for names such as Genevieve and Maeve. Evie is typically pronounced with a long E sound, but a short E is also valid.

EveHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Eve, the oldest name in the Book, is now coming back into style, having the virtues of simplicity and purity, yet with more strength and resonance than other single-syllable names like Ann. British actor Clive Owen chose Eve for his daughter, as did Jessica Capshaw.

VivienneHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Vivian
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivienne is an elaborated Gallic version of the name Vivian, chosen first by Rosie O'Donnell for her daughter and then catapulted to superstardom when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used it for their twin daughter. An adult namesake is the British designer Vivienne Westwood. Rosie O'Donnell also has a daughter named Vivienne, known as Vivi.

VivianHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivian, once an elderly lady name, is on the rise, along with all form of girl names that mean life -- from Zoe to Eva to those who share the vivid Viv syllable.

AlmaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "nurturing, soul"
  • Description:

    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more.

ZoeHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    The history of Zoe begins in the third century when the Alexandrian Jews translated Eve, which means 'life,' to the Greek equivalent Zoe. Zoe was in use as far back as the Roman classical period, and was popular with the early Christians, who bestowed it with hopes of eternal life, but it didn't migrate to the English-speaking world until the mid-nineteenth century. Alternate spellings include Zoey, Zoie, and Zooey.

ZoeyHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zoe
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Zoey is a modern spelling variation of Zoe, the Greek Jewish translation of Eve. Despite its Jewish origins, Zoe was historically more popular among Christians. Two early saints were named Zoe—Saint Zoe of Rome and Saint Zoe of Pamphylia.

AshaHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit; Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "hope; life"
  • Description:

    Asha is an Indian name that comes from the Sanskrit word for hope or desire, but it is also a Swahili name derived from Aisha, meaning life. Since the ascendance of Ashley through the 1980s and 90s, all baby names Ash-related have been used in the U.S. for both girls and boys, from Ashlyn to Ashby, Ashton to Asher. Despite its separate roots, Asha is part of this group. Asha is finding new life through its Game of Thrones connections.

LivHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    The fame of actress and Aerosmith daughter Liv Tyler helped to infuse life into this short but solid Scandinavian name that was chosen for her daughter by Julianne Moore.

VivianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Lively and rhythmic version of Vivian heard in Italy and Spain. A vivid choice.

EnidHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "life, spirit"
  • Description:

    This Celtic goddess and Arthurian name may sound terminally old-ladyish to many ears--but so did names like Ella and Etta not so long ago. So Enid is yet another forgotten four-letter E-possibility: she's has been M.I.A since 1954.

BriaHeart

  • Origin:

    From Italian word brio meaning "vigour, liveliness"
  • Meaning:

    "vigour, liveliness"
  • Description:

    Sweet but spirited name.

HaydenHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "heather-grown hill"
  • Description:

    A newly successful name for girls, which, like Brayden and Caden, used to be strictly for the boys. Young Heroes and now Nashville star Hayden Panettiere planted it in the girls' camp.

VitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vital and vivacious, Vita is stirring back to life along with many of her V-themed sisters -- Vivian, Vivica -- and is becoming a new celebrity baby favorite.

VidaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Like Vita and Viva, one of several similar life-affirming names, this one was chosen by Matthew McConaughey and his Portuguese-born wife Camila. Vida may also be a diminutive of Davida. Australian suffragette and human rights campainer Vida Goldstein is an notable bearer of this name.

ViviHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Viv- names
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivi is a short form of all the Vivian and Viveca forms that is sure to get a lot more attention now that a little Jolie-Pitt girl has been named Vivienne.

EabhaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish form of Eve
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Eabha, along with Aoife and Aoibhe and even the Anglo Ava, are all Eve sisters or soundalikes in the Irish Top 100. Outside of Ireland, though, this Gaelic spelling would prove difficult. Confusingly for English speakers, this name beginning with E is pronounced as Ava, while the A-beginning Aoibhe is like Eva.

HosannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "deliver us"
  • Description:

    In the New Testament this was exclaimed by those around Jesus when he first entered Jerusalem. An exuberant choice!

BoHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse nickname ; "to live"
  • Meaning:

    "to live"
  • Description:

    This tiny but punchy name has multiple origins. It stands strong alone, but could be short for numerous names including Bonnie and Bodhi. In Mandarin Chinese, Bo means "wave".

AoibheHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "life, or beauty"
  • Description:

    Aoibhe may be considered a form of either Aoife -- beauty in Irish -- or Eve, which means life. Either way, this popular Irish name for girls is pronounced as Eva though outside of Ireland few would guess that. Leave Aoibhe to the Gaelic speakers.

ChayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, feminine version of Chayyim meaning "life"
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    A life-affirming choice—just beware pronunciation issues among the goyim in your neighborhood.

MoxieHeart

  • Origin:

    English slang
  • Meaning:

    "aggressive energy, know-how"
  • Description:

    Like Penn Jillette, you can have your own little brash babe.

BanksHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name and surname
  • Description:

    Banks as a girls' name was brought into the lexicon by actress Hilary Duff and musician Matthew Koma, who chose it for their daughter, Banks Violet. As both a surname and a word name, Banks refers to financial establishments as well as river banks.

BibiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Persian, or diminutive of Bibiana
  • Meaning:

    "toy; delight; lady of the house; life"
  • Description:

    A spunky nickname name for parents with showbiz aspirations for their daughter.

OmairaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "long life; red"
  • Description:

    Omaira is an intriguing Middle Eastern possibility.

PsycheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "breath"
  • Description:

    This name of the mortal girl loved by Eros is too loaded with psyche/psycho/psychic associations. The mythological Psyche became goddess of the soul.

ChavaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    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.

VivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "alive, living, life"
  • Description:

    Viva la baby with this life-affirming name, one of the appealing group of girl names that mean life.! Singer Rufus Wainwright chose it for his baby daughter, perhaps in celebration of a new life entering the world the year after he lost his mother Kate McGarrigle. The baby's middle name is Katherine.

ZenaidaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "the life of Zeus"
  • Description:

    This name of a daughter of Zeus has an intriguing air of antiquity.

AbeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "sigh, breath"
  • Description:

    This feminine form of Abel is also a flower name and makes a distinctive alternative to the widely used Abigail. There is a similar name, Adelia, that is beginning to be rediscovered thanks to the trend for all names Adel- related.

HayaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Too close to "Hi ya".

CrescentHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "increasing, growing"
  • Description:

    Crescent is an intriguing word name with a pretty sound.

ViviaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Vivian
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Vivia, the fresh Italian version of newly popular name, streamlines and even vivifies the original.

ShivaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "life and death"
  • Description:

    Shivani sounds fresh and powerful.

BibianaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Melodic and unusual, and she will outgrow any bib jokes.

ZoieHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Zoe; Greek
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    This spelling variation hasn't followed cousins Zoe and Zoey up the charts. Even though there are a number of feasible spellings, Zoie along with Zooey might cause some unwanted confusion.

AbellaHeart

  • Origin:

    French, meaning 'breath'
  • Description:

    A pretty name heard in the Louisiana Cajun community, Abella would fit right in with all the other, more familiar, bella names.

EsheHeart

  • Origin:

    African, Swahili
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    A variant of Asha, which is related to the classic Arabic name Aisha, yet another way to say life. Other on-the-rise names with this uplifting meaning: Zoe and Vivian varieties such as Viviana, Viveca, and Vivienne.

AvitaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    Avita sounds like a drug name. In fact, it is! (It's an acne medication.) While that may not be enough to stop you, you might want to consider Aviva, Vita, or Evita (which has issues of its own) instead.

LyleHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish and English from French
  • Meaning:

    "someone who lives on an island"
  • Description:

    Lyle is a perfect example of a name that sounds old-fashioned for a boy, cool for a girl.

AnimaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin; Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "soul; tiny"
  • Description:

    Anima is a name that could work in so many languages, blessed as it is with easy spelling and pronunciation. It works equally well in the East and in the West, as its roots can either come from Latin, where it means “soul”, or from Sanskrit, where it means “minute, tiny”.

YevaHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian and Armenian variation of Eve, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    A Top 10 name in Moscow. In Russian, the emphasis is put on the first syllable.

NeldaHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "one who lives by the alder tree"
  • Description:

    Occasionally heard in Ireland, small chance of success here.

ErlindaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "spirited"
  • Description:

    Hillbilly twang.

ChakaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    We all know that Chaka really means disco.

HaleHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "someone who lives in a hollow"
  • Description:

    The well-known phrase "hale and hearty" gives this name a warm, positive feel. Hale is clean and straightforward but doesn't crack the top 1000 for either gender. For those in search of a namesake, Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale would make a strong one.

HathawayHeart

  • Origin:

    English surname
  • Meaning:

    "one who lives near the heath"
  • Description:

    Before there was esteemed actress Anne Hathaway, there was Anne Hathaway, wife of Shakespeare — the former being named after the latter.

DuskaHeart

  • Origin:

    English; Czech
  • Meaning:

    "twilight; soul"
  • Description:

    This name has two origins: the English word Dusk, meaning evening twilight and the Czech name for girls Duška meaning "soul or spirit". Either way, this is an interesting name with some potential.
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