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Meaning & History

Derived from the Germanic element avi, of unknown meaning, possibly "desired". This name is also given in honour of the 16th-century mystic Saint Teresa of Ávila, Ávila being the name of the town in Spain where she was born.
VariantsAva, Aveza
Other Languages & CulturesEvelien, Eveline Dutch Avis, Aileen, Alene, Aline, Avaline, Aveline, Avice, Eileen, Evelina, Ilean, Ileen, Ilene, Lina English Evelin Estonian Eveliina Finnish Eveline, Évelyne French Ava, Evelin German Evelin Hungarian Aileen, Eibhlín, Eileen Irish Evelina, Lina Italian Evelina Lithuanian Ewelina Polish Aileen Scottish Evelina Swedish

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 218


desire, place names, saints, towns, uncertain etymology
Entry updated August 26, 2016   Contribute