Given Name AVA (3)

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: A-va (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This was the name of a 9th-century Frankish saint. It was also borne by a 12th-century poet from Melk, Austria.
VARIANTS: Aveza, Avila (Ancient Germanic)
DIMINUTIVE: Avelina (Ancient Germanic)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Evelien, Eveline (Dutch), Avis, Avaline, Aveline, Avice, Evelina, Lina (English), Evelin (Estonian), Eveliina (Finnish), Eveline, Évelyne (French), Evelin (Hungarian), Eibhlín, Eileen (Irish), Evelina (Italian), Evelina (Lithuanian), Ewelina (Polish), Evelina (Swedish)
SAME SPELLING: Ava (1), Ava (2)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 217


animals, birds, desire, palindromes, poets, saints, short forms, uncertain etymology
Entry updated July 2, 2017