Alternatives to Ava

Ava is a wonderful name, chock full of old Hollywood glamour. Here are some great alternatives!
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      • Ada
        • Origin:

          German or Turkish
        • Meaning:

          "noble, nobility, or island"
        • Description:

          Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to the over-popular Ava. Ada is also part of the trend toward simple, old-fashioned names beginning with a vowel, like Ivy and Ella.
      • Adira
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "strong"
        • Description:

          Adira is one of those rare names that's both little-used and simple, and crosses languages easily. Pronounced ah-DEER-ah, Adira is given to only a handful of girls in the US each year and could make a worthy substitute for such overexposed favorites as Ava and Ariana.
      • Adva
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "small wave; ripple"
        • Description:

          A possible addition to the Ava / Ada / Adah collection, with a Jewish twist.
      • Ama
        • Origin:

          Ewe, Akan, Ghanaian, Cherokee
        • Meaning:

          "born on Saturday; water"
        • Description:

          Ama is a day name used by the Akan people of Ghana for girls born on Saturday. Names that reference a baby's birth by day of the week, time of day, or season of the year are common in many African cultures. Ama is one that can be used happily by parents who live in English-speaking countries.
      • Ana
        • Origin:

          Variation of Hannah
        • Meaning:

          "grace"
        • Description:

          Confident and compact, Ana is a widely used variation of the Biblical Hannah. Favored in Spain, Slovenia, Bosnia, Portugal, and Croatia, this shorter spelling has the same substance and versatility of its longer counterparts.
      • Anavia
        • Origin:

          English, invented name
        • Description:

          A pretty name with echoes of Ana, Ava and Olivia — and the option of Navy as a middle name — brought to public attention by Olympic sprinter Anavia Battle. Her siblings have equally cool names: Mintoria, Antoine and Montel.
      • Aoibhinn
        • Origin:

          Variation of Aoibheann, Irish
        • Meaning:

          "beautiful sheen"
        • Description:

          Aoibhinn and its twin name Aoibheann may be popular in Ireland but most English-speakers would find the spelling baffling and the pronunciation impossible to divine. It's ee-van, or se-vin, fitting with the Irish popularity of many names -- Aoife, Eabha, Ava -- with this similar sound.
      • Aphra
        • Origin:

          Hebrew, variation of Aphrah
        • Meaning:

          "dust"
        • Description:

          Aphra would make an interesting choice-- especially since it's the name of the first professional female writer in English, the seventeenth century's Aphra Behn. Born in 1640, she was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration, and a spy.
      • Aqsa
        • Aqua
          • Origin:

            Color name
          • Description:

            One of the new color names that is catching on, invoking a calm, blue-green-sea feeling.
        • Ara
          • Origin:

            Armenian
          • Meaning:

            "king"
          • Description:

            Simple and yet distinctive, Ara is a mythological name of a famously handsome king. Although it originated as a boys' name, in the contemporary US, it's now much more commonly used for girls.
        • Aravis
          • Origin:

            Literary name and place-name
          • Description:

            Aravis was the name of a female character in C.S. Lewis's A Horse and His Boy, and is also the name of a mountain range in southern France. With the rise of Ava, Avery, and indeed seemingly all names that start with A, Aravis may finally reach a wider audience.
        • Aria
          • Origin:

            Italian and Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "air; song or melody; lion"
          • Description:

            Aria is a multi-cultural name with two extremely popular versions: this more word-like one along with Arya, the spelling used for the feisty young heroine of Game of Thrones. There were about 6400 baby girls named Aria in the US last year alog with 2400 named Arya, which counted together places the name in the Top 10.
        • Arza
          • Origin:

            Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "panels of cedar"
          • Description:

            Straightforward yet intriguing, a winning combination.
        • Asa
          • Origin:

            Hebrew, Japanese, or Scandinavian
          • Meaning:

            "healer; morning; of the gods"
          • Description:

            A male Biblical name meaning healer, Asa is also an international gem. In Japanese, it means "(born in the) morning". And in Scandinavia, where it's generally spelled Åsa or Ása and pronounced O-sa, it's a popular diminutive form of Old Norse names beginning with the element áss "god".
        • Aura
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "soft breeze"
          • Description:

            Aura has an otherworldly, slightly New Age-y glow, but is beginning to sound more more like a legitimate name. In Greek and Roman mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. But at odds with her peaceful, well, aura, the mythological Aura is a tragic figure, ultimately transformed into a fountain by Zeus.
        • Avalon
          • Origin:

            Celtic
          • Meaning:

            "island of apples"
          • Description:

            Avalon, an island paradise of Celtic myth and Arthurian legend--it was where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds-- and also the colorful capital of the California island of Catalina-- makes a heavenly first name. Actress Rena Sofer and British musician Julian Cope used it for their daughters.
        • Avalyn
          • Origin:

            Variation of Ava
          • Description:

            Part Ava, part Evelyn, this name made its first appearance US Top 1000 in 2013 and was one of the fastest-rising names of the year. The popularity of the Ava- prefix and the -lyn suffix can explain the use of this variation.