Ava is a name with Latin origins. The meaning of the name Ava is like a bird. An alternate spelling is Aiva. Originally, Ava was the diminutive of Avis.
Ava is a very popular name in the United States, ranking #5 in the US in 2013 per the Social Security Administration. It has been a consistent top 10 name on the BabyNames.com user lists but has dropped a few points over the last couple of years to #6 on BabyNames.com's most popular names of 2014.
Famous Avas include actress Ava Gardner and director Ava DuVernay. Ava Helen Pauling was a civil rights activist. Ava is also the name of several celebrities' children, including Reese Witherspoon/Ryan Phillippe, Heather Locklear/Richie Sambora, and Hugh Jackman/Deborra-Lee Furness. There is even Saint Ava, a 9th Century Roman Catholic nun.
Ava is a common name among soap opera characters, including Ava Benton (All My Children), Ava Jerome (General Hospital), and Ava Peralta (Guiding Light). There is also Ava Moore, a character on the t.v. series Nip/Tuck.
BabyNames.com name list users that like the name Ava tend to have feminine and traditional names on their lists, but also like names with an Italian/Spanish flare.
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