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Neva is an old Slavic name. I am from Slovenia, and as mentioned, the closest illustration of the name's pronunciation in my country to an English-speaking person could be provided by "Neh-vah", as in a slang word for "never". But in reality, the word is pronounced slightly differently than "Neva" (for never); you have to accentuate the first part of the word ("Neh") and "eh" in "Neh" is pronounced narrowly, rather than widely (as it is in "Neva" for never). The name is not perceived as unusual, but it is true that it is not so common. Far more popular is the name Eva, for example (again, pronounced similarly to "Eh-vah").
― Anonymous User  6/10/2017
I named one of my pets this because she had problems with her nervous system several years ago. I thought I created the name and pronounced it nee-va and use it as my own name quite often, but a year ago I found out it was also the name of a Russian river.
― Anonymous User  1/22/2017
My name is Neva Ann, I was named after my grandmother, Neva Geraldene. I have never met another Neva, (ever)! I never knew my grandmother, or really any of my family period. My guess is that my grandmother was born the 1920's as well... however, I was born in the 70's and always wondered why my mother gave me this name... as I get older, I appreciate the uniqueness of my name.
Rnbw69tggr  12/31/2016
My mother, born in 1924 in Texas, is named Neva. Pronounced like knee-vah. She says when she was in college in the 40's there were several Nevas around. The story of her name is that her mother (my Grandmother) read a novel where the heroine was named Neva. I wonder in the Nevas born in the 1920s, were all named after that novel? I wish I knew the name of the book. Apparently, there is a young adult dystopian novel by Sarah Grant with the main character named Neva.
jereza  6/21/2016
The name Neva was given to 84 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
Sounds too close to the ugly Nevaeh for my liking. I recommend Nova over Neva.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
I'm a Neva - named after my grandmother and it is pronounced Knee-vuh. By the way, there was an American actress Neva Patterson, who was in quite a few movies... from An Affair to Remember and the Seven Year Itch all the way to All the President's Men and All of Me.
NevaS  4/28/2016
My grandmother's name is Nevonne but she has always gone by Neva (Nee-Vah). She was born in 1924. I have always loved her name and haven't met anyone else who has her name. So unique!
gretchin78  11/29/2015
My name is Neva, I am third generation to have this name and only have ever met two other people with my name.
NDYAN  2/28/2015
My name is Neva, pronounced Nee-vah! As a child, it was frustrating not being able to find the cutesy name things like keychains, badges, stationery, anything with my name on it. What that did was force me to create my own personalized items; which created the person I am today. My name is not short for anything; just Neva. I was named Neva after my momma lost a bet with her cousin, whose name is also Neva. Growing up, she was Big Neva and I was Little Neva.
Neva Jean  7/5/2014
If I knew someone with this name I would probably think of them as someone who doesn't like being told what to do. Sounds like a ghetto version of "never", like "nevah". It comes from the name Geneva so I guess it would sound like "knee-vah" but it just doesn't make sense.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2014
I was named after my mother who was born in 1926 but orphaned at a young age so she never knew where they got the name from. She was from a small town in south Georgia. I did not like the name when I was young because you could never find your name on any souvenir. Now I love it because it is so unusual and I get compliments on all the time. Also people are less likely to forget your name.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2014
Terrible name. It sounds like how Australians say 'never'.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2013
The name Neva was given to 83 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
I like this! Is it pronounced nee-va or neh-va?
― Anonymous User  3/4/2013
This name is a Croatian and Serbian short form of Nevena. It's pronounced NEH-vah.
enchy  6/10/2011
'Neva' simply does not sound like a real name. It sounds like the name of a river, certainly. But it does not sound like a real person's name. A far more likable and traditional alternative would be 'Niamh'.
LakeGirl  5/12/2011
It looks like someone saying "Never" in a British accent.
GirlWithN0Name  2/8/2011
Which British accent are you referring too? I'm Scottish but sound totally different to someone from Wales. I'd pronounce Neva like Knee-va and Never like Niver. Those in England and Wales shall pronounce both of these differently to me.
Rhona J  12/10/2011
As a short form of Geneva, it's ok. As a full name - ugh. Also, it reminds me of a misspelling of 'never'.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2010
A bit boring. Only has place as a short form in my opinion.
lucyskydiamonds  3/4/2010
If I were to use this name, I would spell it Nevah. If you look at the spelling, it is the name Haven backwards.
kool_babe14  5/30/2009
To me, this looks like someone saying "never" with a "street" accent.
― Anonymous User  5/11/2009
I like the sound and look of this name, and it reminds me of science fiction character names for some reason. I guess it's the vowel-consonant-vowel-consonant thing, and the letter "v", neither of which appear too often in English names.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  12/24/2008
This is an anagram of Evan.
Hushpuppy  11/10/2008
Very nice. This would make a great alternative to Nevaeh.
bananarama  8/6/2008
I like the sound of this name. It sounds esthetic, sophisticated, classy, yet nicely simple. It's uncommon nowadays, and it's quite surprising people haven't rediscovered the name since the tacky Nevaeh has become so popular.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
I was named Neva. I admit it's a hard name to bear. Lol. Usually it is mispronounced and mistaken for Nevada or Geneva. Also, slang for never.

I was named after my grandmother, and always wished for a popular name like Kelly or Amber. But now I am proud to have a unusual name. Rarely do I meet anyone else with it, and if I do, they are usually elderly women. It's interesting to have this name.
nevay  4/21/2008
There is a character in D. J. MacHale's Pendragon series with this name. Only she spells it Nevva. Double v.
― Anonymous User  1/24/2008
Neva means one kind of swamp in Finnish (in our language there are ~5 words for different kinds of swamps). It's not usually a name in Finland, but I have a friend whose sister is named Neva. I think it's a beautiful name.
ventilatorblues  12/21/2007
I knew twins named Neva and Eva (as in never ever) so that is all I can think of when I hear this (Neva said like 'never' but with an accent).
― Anonymous User  11/18/2007
Russian model Natalia Vodianova named her daughter Neva, after the river Neva.
dollrock  8/28/2007
Neva Dinova is my favorite band. I had heard Jake Bellows named the band after his grandmother, and I was thinking, "Neva is a name? What?" Then I grew to really love it as I heard more about people with this name. It sounds so pretty and unique even though it was more common in the past. I think there was a character on Murder in Small Town X named Neva, as well.
KennaIsADroid  6/13/2007
There is a band called Neva Dinova.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2007
Neva is a Spanish name meaning "snow."
― Anonymous User  7/25/2006
I have to agree, Neva is Spanish and it's a form of "Nieves" or "Nevada".
― Anonymous User  1/14/2007
I have a friend named Neva. She is a very pretty, kind, and talented. I find it to be a very unique and beautiful name. It sounds appropriate at any age, too. The only problem with this name is its pronunciation. It confuses a lot of people. But that shouldn't be enough to deter one from bestowing this name on their daughter. It's lovely and I heartily recommend it!
HoneyLoveShine  6/22/2006
I worked with a lady named Neva and she pronounced it Nee-vah. She was short and dumpy about 45, but nice.
― Anonymous User  11/26/2005
My grandma was born in 1924 in a tiny Kentucky town. I never knew how she got her name, only that it was very unusual and I'd never known any one else with her name. I sometimes wondered if she was named after the Russian river. After viewing this site, I've learned this name was much more common during the time she was born.
biscuit  1/28/2005

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