Meaning and Origin of: Ava

meaning and origin of Ava name

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Blooming
  • Latin : Birdlike
  • Hebrew : Life

What does Ava mean and stand for?

Ava is a name that dates back to medieval times with Germanic origins. It is an abbreviation of a Germanic name containing the first element aw-, of uncertain meaning. It also has Latin and Hebrew roots, meaning life. The Oxford Dictionary of First Names deems it as a "new" name, presumably as a variant of Eva. It also believed to be a variant of Eve. 

Syllables: 2


According to Social Security Administration data, Ava has skyrocketed in popularity, remaining in the top five since 2005, and rising from 180 in 2000.

However, it is the 56th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Ava was at its peak popularity in May 2015.

Despite its medieval roots, the name Ava first rose to popularity in the early 1900s with socialite Ava Lowle Willing and her daughter, Ava Alice Muriel Astor. Today it is more popular than ever thanks to stars who have chosen their baby name for their daughters, like Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe and Heather Locklear and Richard Sambora. Witherspoon and Phillippe are said to have name their daughter after American actress and singer, Ava Gardner.

Where is it Popular?

Ava was searched for most often in the following states:

Pairs well with these middle names