The name Ava is primarily a female name of English origin that means To Breathe, To Live.
There are various possible origins for the name Ava. In English it is most likely a variant of Eve or Eva. It is also an ancient Germanic name, a diminutive of names with the element avi, and has an uncertain meaning. Ava is also a Persian name with the meaning of "voice, sound".
Famous bearers: Ava Gardner, actress. Ava DuVernay, director. Ava Helen Pauling, civil rights activist. Saint Ava, 9th century Roman Catholic nun.
Ava is a common name among soap opera characters, including Ava Benton from All My Children, Ava Jerome from General Hospital, Ava Peralta on Guiding Light, and Ava Moore from Nip/Tuck. Ava is also the name of several celebrities' children, including Reese Witherspoon/Ryan Philippe, Heather Locklear/Richie Sambora, and Hugh Jackman/Deborra-Lee Furness.