Meaning and Origin of: Eva

The name Eva is of Hebrew origin and means "life."
Meaning and Origin of Eva

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : Life

What does Eva mean and stand for?

The name Eva is of Hebrew origin and means "life". It derives from the Hebrew word chawah, meaning "to breathe." Eva from the Latin name of Eve, which is most notably the first woman alive in Abrahamic religions.

Syllables: 2

Girl name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish and Portuguese : from the female personal name Eva (see Eve).

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Eva recently gained popularity, maintaining a spot in the top 100 since first breaking into it in 2014. It reached its peak at 73 in 2017, where it has slightly declined from since.

However, it is the 14th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Eva was at its peak popularity in January 2017.

Eva first became popular in the 19th century after the character Little Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin. The name fell in popularity before recently making a comeback. The comeback could possibly be in part to the multitude of actresses who hold the name: Eva Longoria, Eva Marie Saint, Eva Gabor, Eva Green, and Eva Mendes. Other namesakes include sculptor Eva Hesse, singer Little Eva, and model Eva Herzigova.

Where is it Popular?

Eva was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Eva

  • Eve

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