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PronouncedPron.A-va German

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.
VariantsAveza, Avila Ancient Germanic
DiminutiveAvelina Ancient Germanic
Other Languages & CulturesEvelien, 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 SpellingAva (1), Ava (2)
User SubmissionÁva

Sources & References

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


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