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Scriptsחַוָּה Ancient Hebrew
PronouncedPron.EEV English

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name חַוָּה (Chawwah), which was derived from the Hebrew word חָוָה (chawah) meaning "to breathe" or the related word חָיָה (chayah) meaning "to live". According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Eve and Adam were the first humans. God created her from one of Adam's ribs to be his companion. At the urging of a serpent she ate the forbidden fruit and shared some with Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Despite this potentially negative association, the name was occasionally used by Christians during the Middle Ages. In the English-speaking world both Eve and the Latin form Eva were revived in the 19th century.
VariantsAva, Eva English
DiminutivesEvie, Evvie, Eveleen English
Other Languages & CulturesHawa Arabic Yeva Armenian Eua Biblical Greek Chawwah Biblical Hebrew Eva Biblical Latin Eva Bulgarian Khava Chechen Eva Croatian Eva Czech Eva Danish Eva, Eef, Eefje, Evi Dutch Eeva, Eevi Finnish Ève French Eva Georgian Eva, Evi German Eva, Evi Greek Chava, Hava Hebrew Éva, Évike Hungarian Eva Icelandic Khava Ingush Éabha Irish Eva Italian Ieva Latvian Ieva Lithuanian Eva Norwegian Ewa Polish Eva Portuguese Eva, Yeva Russian Eva Slovak Eva Slovene Eva, Evelia, Evita Spanish Eva Swedish Havva Turkish Efa Welsh
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Depiction of Adam and Eve by Mihály Zichy (1861)Depiction of Adam and Eve by Mihály Zichy (1861)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute