Ava (2)
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I think this may mean "sound", because the Farsi word for water is a:b, pronounced like the first two letters of obnoxious or obtrusive or some other "ob" word. Anyway, thought you'd like to know that.
-- bfmchoul  9/19/2006
I love this name! It is cute, but I could picture a young or old person with this name.
-- Emma McHnery  10/7/2006
This is my favorite way to pronounce this name (A-vuh). I like this name. I think it best suits a dark haired, teenage girl.
-- libbygirl  10/22/2006
I think that Ava is a lovely name, that's gettin really, really, popular.
-- Anonymous User  11/13/2006
I'm not sure where BtN got the meaning for this. Ava is neither sound nor water in Persian. 'ob' is water and 'seh-dah' is sound, according to my mom who speaks fluent Persian.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2007
BtN is right on the origin of the name. It is Persian and means "voice, sound, or the call". The word 'Se-da' is the Arabic word for "sound" which, like many other Arabic words, has been borrowed into Persian. The actual Persian word for "sound" is, in fact, 'Ava'. And a more common Persian word for "voice" is 'neda' (also another Persian name).
-- kianoushh  7/7/2010
Dancer Fred Astaire and Phyllis Livingston Potter have a daughter Ava Austerlitz, born 1942.
-- Emilie007  10/26/2008
In most languages, besides English, this name is pronounced as Ahvah. Meaning can be either life or bird, based on the origin you refer to (Hebrew or Latin).
Luckily, it is still quite rare and special in Europe. We love the name and think it is beautiful, and tender yet strong, and will probably naming our soon to be daughter Ava.
-- Anonymous User  4/5/2009
The pronunciation for the Persian name is AH-vah like the German one listed here.
-- kianoushh  7/7/2010
Derives from ancient Greek: αβα which means : big voice, clamor,
-- georgev1112  12/10/2012
I like the pronunciation "Ah-vah"- not "AY-va".
-- Anonymous User  4/14/2014
I love the Iranian and German (AH-vah) pronunciation. It sounds beautiful and the meaning of this is nice. I HATE the English "AY-və" pronunciation.
-- justsomegirl  7/30/2014
Just want to add an update. Whilst I love the sound of this pronunciation, Ava pronounced the English way (AY-və) has actually grown on me! I love both now. =)
-- justsomegirl  4/22/2015
I live in Iran. In Persian, Ava means harmonic sounds, nice sounds. For example sounds of nature, river, jungle, mountains... or sounds of music. Ava is a name for girls that was in rank 19 in Iran (2014). It is a new name that parents take for their children recently in Iran.
-- rezaalef  5/3/2015

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