Eva sounds much more classy and mature than Ava in my opinion.
I wish this name (along with Ava, Evie etc) wasn't so common in England because I would absolutely use it for a little girl. It's wonderful, light and bright and fresh and beautiful!
So my name IS Eva (Pronounced: EH-VA) and I constantly see these horrible comments about my name, especially the one that is pronounced the way my name is. My name means LIFE and divine beauty. I am so sick of people always making my name sound like a plague or something. I love my name because it defines differently from any other name in one way, I have over one hundred brothers and sisters that have similar names to mine and that is amazing because I'll never really be alone and people who's name is Eva are particularly good at giving out karma and revenge, so be careful.
I love this name! It's so beautiful pronounced "EE-vuh".
Honestly, I love the name Eva because it's very kind and sweet :)
Also Afrikaans:
Kind of dull.
It's better than Ava or Eve for sure
All the Eva's I've met are really naughty (which is about 6 of them).
Kind of tacky and can't see it on a grown woman.
To me, EH-va is the easier pronunciation to use when I say this name.
Definitely would prefer this over Eve, yet Eve is also a beautiful name. It’s so short, but sweet and gentle and mischievous at the same time. :) When I was 11 or so, I had a girl named Eva in my class, and she was really naughty, which isn’t always a bad thing, is it…?
I love the name Eva because it sounds so sweet. I actually prefer this over Eve, which I think is too short. My friend in elementary school had this name.
I find this name hideous, I much prefer Ava even though it is overused. I would love the similar name Eve if it wasn't for Adam and Eve.
Lovely elegant classy name.
Adorable! I like it best pronounced “Ee-vuh”.
Love this name pronounced the German way! In Germany, it is pronounced (EE-FAH)
Lovely, although I would only use this as a nickname for Evangelina/Evangeline.
Eva Gaskin: daughter of midwife and author Ina May Gaskin.
Lovely name.
I like Eva WAY better than Ava.
You can also use this as a diminutive for Evangeline/Evangelina.
Evangelina "Eva" Macaraeg Macapagal (born Evangelina de la Cruz Macaraeg; November 1, 1915 – May 16, 1999) was the second wife of Diosdado Macapagal, the ninth President of the Philippines. She was the ninth First Lady of the Philippines, and the mother of the fourteenth President, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Eva Noblezada is a famous Broadway actress who notably portrayed Kim in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon and Eurydice in Hadestown.
This name sounds very classy and mature in my opinion.
I like the pronunciation Ee-vuh, but not Ay-vuh (that's just weird), or Eh-vuh (sounds too much like egg in my opinion)
Pretty name, but a little short. I would use this as a diminutive for Evelyn.
I like it a lot better than Ava!
Maybe a pet peeve of mine, but...
HOW DO PEOPLE SEE THIS AND THINK "that's pronounced like Ava"
You can say ee-va or eh-va but please not right off the bat "Ava".
Our little princess is Aliana Eva (nickname Ali). I love that Eva means life.
Eva is also Latvian, used alongside Ieva in Latvia. The diminutive form of Eva in Latvian is Evita. The name day for Eva in Latvia is September 12.
Well. I have different feelings about this name. Somehow it looks simple, but strong, but in another way somehow just boring, like something is missing in that name. Just alright, but not too surprising.
Love this name. It has the same beauty of the name Ava, but it's less overused and I prefer the way it looks.
Cyco Eva ; pronounced psycho eevah. Song writer, influencer.
I love this name! ❤️.
Also Cornish: -- "Names for the Cornish" by Christopher Bice - Lodenek Press 1970.
So, my name is Eva and I don't necessarily love my name, but I have grown to like it. A reason why I don't like it that much I because of how people pronounce it. My mom gave me the name EH-va, but people'll pronounce it EE-va, and even like Ava. I know that it's not necessarily their fault, but I still get annoyed. And I've seen many comments that say it's too short to be a name, or it should just be a nickname, I somewhat agree, but, I have two last names, so my parents wanted a short name. My name goes Eva (Middle Name) (Last Name)-(Last Name). I hope you could understand that. In fact, my nickname, Evita, is longer than my actual name. And I hear people say, "Eve is better" well I'll have you know, that my name is the Spanish form of Eve. Oh, and some people call me "Ev" or "Evs."
Also Armenian, as an alternate transcription of Yeva.Scripts: Եվա (Armenian)Armenian Pronunciation: yeh-VA.
Also Sardinian:
Eva is also Bosnian. The popularity chart for Bosnia and Herzegovina should be a further indicator of that.Bosnian Pronunciation: EH-va.
Also Corsican:
You'll find numerous bearers on social media.
Variant English Pronunciation: EH-va.
Also Romanian: Moldovan: [noted -ed]
Also Estonian: [noted -ed]
Eve is better.
Eva Magni (1909 – 2005) was an Italian stage and film actress. She was active between 1926 and the late 1970s. Magni's first film appearance was as Lida Bonelli in "Paprika" (1933), directed by Carl Boese and starring Vittorio De Sica. She was in six more films during the 1930s. Her eighth and last film was in 1963 as the widow Nanni in "Il maestro di Vigevano" (The Teacher from Vigevano), directed by Elio Petri, and starring Alberto Sordi and Claire Bloom.
My firstborn daughters' names is Evani (ehh-vuh-knee) and we like to call her Eva (ehh-vuh) for short :). I honestly think this is too short to be an actual name, but for a nickname it's absolutely adorable!.
Eva Le Gallienne (1899-1991), British-American actress.
I think for a name it is too short, but otherwise, it's pretty cute!
Short, elegant... pretty nice name.
Eva is the name of a Wii Sports opponent Mii.
Also Catalan:
Eva Heyman (Hungarian: Éva Heyman, 13 February 1931 – 17 October 1944) was a Jewish girl from Oradea, Kingdom of Romania, who kept a diary in 1944, during the Hungarian Jewish Holocaust, in which she describes her life as a Jewish girl under Nazi Occupation; the extreme deterioration in the situation of the Jewish community in the city; and the prompt transport of the City's Jews to the extermination camps. Heyman perished in the Holocaust, and her diary was published under the name The Diary of Eva Heyman. In May 2019, the "Eva Stories" project was launched, visually depicting extracts from her diary on Instagram.
The IPA transcription of the Georgian pronunciation of Eva is: /ɛvɑ/Source: (in English) [noted -ed]
Elegant and classy. Ee-vuh.
Eva is a character on Total Drama Island. Her label is the “female bully”. She is known for having anger issues and being very athletic.
Way prettier and cuter than the simply ugly and overused Ava.
I like Eva but prefer Eve, both are pretty.
In 2018, 2 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Eva who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 406th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
A good alternative to the overused Ava.
Really pretty. I like Eve, but I prefer Eva.
My sister's name is Eva, but it's pronounced ay va.
I chose to name my daughter Eva. In Russian, we pronounce it Yeh-vah. The letter E sounds like Yeh. It has the exact meaning to Eve, and I thought about naming her that to Americanize it but kept it Eva because I thought it can go both ways. I read that in 2016 it was one of the most popular names in Slavic countries. It’s timeless, sounds nice, easy to spell, recognizable. To me it’s the ultimate female name meaning life. I think it’s powerful and international with a good reputation.
It's okay. I prefer Eve over the pronunciation, ee-vuh. I do like ev-uh, though.
I don't like Eva at all. With any pronunciation. I think I should like it, it has many features that I appreciate in names, I have some nice associations, people who bear this name are often awesome for some reason and always very kind-hearted, well, anyway those I know, but I've never liked it and I really don't think I'm going to like it in future. I pronounce it either E-vah or EE-vah, depends on the context and situation. I don't like Eve too. I like the nickname Evie slightly more, but I much much prefer it as a nickname for Evelyn or Evangeline.
Eva Weel Skram is a Norwegian singer and a part of the duo "Eva & The Heartmaker".
Eva Gutowski, also known as mylifeaseva, is a YouTuber. ^^
Eva Gram Schjoldager is a Danish actress and child star. In 1981, Shjoldager received international attention for her leading role as the bullied schoolgirl, Elin, in Nils Malmros's coming-of-age drama Tree of Knowledge. Filming for the role was performed over a two-year period, while Schjoldager was 13 to 15 years old, to realistically show her character's physical and emotional maturation. Afterward, Schjoldager appeared in only one other film: Malmros' 1983 drama Skønheden og udyret. She decided to leave acting after completing an education in psychology from Århus University in 1998. In 2001, she was living with her husband and children and working as a human resource manager for a software firm in Denmark.
Eva de la Caridad Mendez is an American actress, model and businesswoman. She began acting in the late 1990s, and after a series of roles in B movies such as Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror and Urban Legends: Final Cut, she made a career-changing appearance in Training Day. Since then, Mendes has co-starred in films such as All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ghost Rider, We Own the Night, Stuck on You, Hitch, and The Other Guys.
Eva Gutowski is a YouTube entertainer with over 7 million subscribers. She was ranked #4 in Variety's Famechangers Digital Star Ranking list. People termed her YouTube's fastest growing star. She has also been included in Billboard's Social Media Stars list. In September 2016, Gutowski revealed that she is bisexual. She is the author of My life as Eva: The Struggle is Real. She also has her own YouTube Red show called Me and My Grandma.
Eva Rivas is a Russian-Armenian singer. Rivas was born and raised in Rostov-on-Don to an Armenian mother and a father of Russian and Greek descent. She took the stage name Eva Rivas from her Greek great-grandmother. Growing up in Rostov, she sang in the Armenian "Arevik" ensemble.
Eva is a name that I know because someone named Eva is in my class, and it's pretty.
Eva de la Caridad Mendez is an American actress, model and businesswoman. She began acting in the late 1990s, and after a series of roles in B movies such as Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror and Urban Legends: Final Cut, she made a career-changing appearance in Training Day. Since then, Mendes has co-starred in films such as All About the Benjamins, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Ghost Rider, We Own the Night, Stuck on You, Hitch, and The Other Guys.
Eva Padberg is a German fashion model, singer, and actress. Padberg was born in Bad Frankenhausen and grew up in Rottleben, Germany. In 1995, she applied for Bravo's Boy & Girl contest; she made it among the best ten models and gained the opportunity to do a test shooting for Louisa Models in Munich. In 1998, after having finished her Abitur, she started her professionel model career. Eva worked in Paris, Tokyo, and New York City, e.g. for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein and walked for different Prêt-à-Porter shows.
I prefer this to the more popular and harsher sounding Ava and the controversial Eve. It is short and easy to pronounce. Plus it has nicknames like Evie and Eve.
This is the name of my wife and I love it so much. It's short and beautiful!
It's okay, but it's becoming too common.
For some reason this name has never sounded very pretty to me. Nothing wrong with it otherwise, I just find it plain and boring. I prefer Eve.
Eva, There are many pronunciations for this name used in different areas.
Eva Gaëlle Green. French actress in Casino Royale, Perfect Sense, White Bird in a Blizzard, 300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for, The Dreamers, Cracks, Penny Dreadful, Kingdom of Heaven, Camelot, Arsene Lupin, Franklyn, Dark Shadows, The Salvation, Womb, Cracks, The Golden Compass.
Pretty name!.. EE-VUH.
I think this name is pretty, along with Ava and Iva. I'm not a huge fan of Eve simply because of the religious associations. Eva also seems a bit more complete.
In Dutch you'd pronounce this name "AY-vah".
As a Hebrew name this is a spin-off of Eve the first woman. Example... Eva Green, French actress, was named this because her mother is Jewish and she was born 4 minutes before her twin sister Joy.
I like it pronounced "AY-vuh." It's pretty, though you'd think it would be more distinctive/less common. I live in the US and can't say I remember ever meeting or knowing an Eva (or Ava, or Eve) personally. I just think of Gabor! ;)
Eva Remaeus (1950-1993) was a Swedish actress and singer who was also engaged in humanitarian work (a school in Nicaragua is named after her).
She died of a brain tumour aged just 42.
The name is also rather common in Iceland. [noted -ed]
Love it if pronounced ee-vah. Short, yet 2 syllables. Perfect for a long last name. Easy for a toddler to learn to spell.
Hmmm, well, as somebody who has this name.. When I was little, I used to not like this name one bit. I still don't favor it today. I find so many more interesting and unique names out there and I feel mine is rather bland. I think it isn't too bad though now. I wish I knew more back story to it though.
I personally think the name is a horrible name! It sounds like you're saying ah-fauck.
Pronounced EH-vah in Norwegian too.
Eva was somewhat popular in Norway in the mid-1900s. It ranked at #10 in 1945.
Eva Simons, a Dutch singer-songwriter and a former member of the disbanded Dutch girl group Raffish. She's featured in the song "This Is Love".
My moms name is Eva and I love the name! She doesn't really like it though, she thinks it's too short and plain. But I think the name is very beautiful, I love how it's very simple, but also very pretty.
This is my younger sister's name, Eva. Eva Josephine. Pronounced like ee-va and in German it's ee-fa. I adore this name so much. We are a German heritaged family, and this name is perfect. It isn't so common, it is elegant, beautiful, short and ages well. A winning name.
The proper German pronunciation of this name is EE-fuh. I know this because I am fluent in German.
Evica is diminutive of Eva in Croatia.
Eva Ibbotson was an Austrian-born British children's novelist. Sadly, she died three years ago. Her works include The Star of Kazan, Which Witch?, Journey to the River Sea, The Dragonfly Pool, The Beasts of Clawstone Castle, etc. She left behind a great legacy.
Eva is such a pretty name! Pronounced like ee-vuh, of course. Please, do not pronounce this pretty name like eh-vuh. Eh-vuh is a really ghetto sounding pronunciation of this pretty name. And plus, it reminds me of "WhatEver". If it is pronounced like eh-va, someone might say "Ever" and your daughter would turn to that person, thinking " Did you call me". No, NOT UGLY EH-VA! GO EE-VA! Also, please don't pronounce it like REALLY ugly Ay-va if you live in a non-Dutch speaking country. It is so ugly. If you pronounce it like Ee-va, your daughter would thank you.
I think the pronunciation eh-vah is by far the most appealing. It's my families pronunciation and it reminds me of my German heritage. I don't think the previous comment about it being "ghetto" is a very educated comment. I do see the problem with it sounding like whatever but I don't think it has to stop someone from using it.
The name Eva is also commonly used in Georgia.In Georgian, Eva is written as: ევა. [noted -ed]
My great aunt and grandmother from italy were both named Eva. I think it is the most beautiful, elegant, timeless and classic name for a girl. I am currently pregnant with my first child and want nothing more than to have a girl so I can name her after the most influential women that ever graced my life.
This is my little sister's name. It is quite cute and it suits her. It is pronounced 'ee-vuh', and I think it is the most prettiest out of all. We sometimes pronounce it the German way 'e-fah' when we speak German. I think this name can suit any girl and it sounds nicer than the very overused Ava. A good girls name.
Eva is the name of the blue rabbit princess in the Jazz Jackrabbit games.
I pronounce it ee-va. If you want ay-va, that's Ava.
I know a girl who pronounced it Ay-vuh. I personally like Ee-vuh better.
Derives from Greek: "ευ", which means: good, nice.
Eva Hesse was an American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics.
Eva Markvoort was a Canadian girl with cystic fibrosis and famously red hair. She kept a LiveJournal account and made a documentary about her life, both entitled 65_redroses.
Eva Mendes is an American actress.
Whenever I see this name, I want to pronounce it like Ava. I have no idea why.
My best friend is named Eva. I love her name, it's pretty in general, but there are good nicknames for it, too: Eve, Evie.
A bit short and boring, but at least it's not too common.
Eva is one of my favorite names, and I love that it's my middle name. I sometimes wish that this was my first name, since I find many more Alexandras than Evas. My family pronounces it a number of ways. My siblings say EE-vah, my parents say EH-vah, and I say AH-vah. I don't really care, because I love my name. My Hebrew name is Chava, which means "giver of life" (reason for why I pronounce it the way I do). A beautiful meaning for a beautiful name!
Pronounced more like EH-vah in Spanish. Could be a nickname for Evelina.
Actually, in Spanish the pronunciation is EH-bah. Spanish doesn't make a distinction between the sound of b and v, both graphemes correspond with the /b/ phoneme.
Eva Pigford Marcille, AKA "Eva the Diva" ANTM Cycle 3 winner.
This name is lovely; so much better than the overly trendy Ava. Due to famous women like Eva Peron, Eva Braun, and Eva Gabor, I've always pronounced it like Ava. I just can't pronounce it with a long E.
I pronounce Eva and Ava the same way, but I far prefer Eva. It just sounds so classical, pretty, universal, and timeless, in comparison to Ava, which is very faddish and overused at the moment.
The female robot lead in Wall-E. What a classic love story.
I love this name beyond belief. To me it's beautiful, sweet, and somewhat other-wordly--as weird as that sounds. But I think I liked this name a lot more after listening to the song "Eva" by Nightwish, my favourite band. =)
This name always reminds me of "evil". Probably because of the movie called "Deliver us From Eva". But past that, it's kinda nice.
In my class we're reading a play called An Inspector Calls and the girl that kills herself in it is called Eva Smith.
Famous bearers:
Actress Eva Aichmajer
Eva Braun, wife of Adolf Hitler
Gymnast Eva Věchtová-Bosáková
Actress Eva Blažková
Figure skater Eva Bendová
Moderator Eva Chaloupková
Singer Eva Cassidy
Politician´s Prisoner Eva Vokálová-Dušková
Actress Eva Jeníčková
Actress Eva Elsner
Model Eva Eminger
Opera singer Eva Urbanová
Actress Eva Green
Model Eva Gregor
Model Eva Herzigová
Actress Eva Hrušková
Actress Eva Herzig
Actress Eva Longoria
Actress Eva Matějková
Baskeball player Eva Němcová
Singer Eva Pilarová
Politician Eva Tylová
Actress Eva Ujfaluši
Actress Eva Vejmělková
Model Eva Zmrzlík
Eva is the name of a beautiful song by the Finnish band Nightwish.
Eva Pigford, winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 2, is a famous bearer.
There is a singer who recently won Canadian Idol called Eva (Eh-vah) Avila.
This is the name of one of my friends and the middle name of my sister. They both pronounce it Ee-vah. It's a pretty name.
Some people I know use this as an abbreviation for the band Evanescence.
Eva is a name of a character in the Freedom Writers movie.
Eva Amurri is an American actress, daughter of Susan Sarandon.
There's a 1948's Swedish film called 'Eva', written by Ingmar Bergman.
I love this name! It's simple and nice and has a great meaning. I have a friend who has this name and I think it suits her well. When I think of the name Eva, I think of a wonderful, smart girl with a good sense of humor.
Eva is the name my husband and I gave our daughter (now 10 months old). I always loved it - it's simple, feminine without being frilly, international, short and easy to pronounce - or so I thought! The problem we have with it now is that so many people think she's just another "Ava"! We pronounce it EE-vah.
I am from Persia and my name is Elena and I like it more than Eva but I think Eva is also very pretty and we call it ha-vaa in Iran.
I always ignored the name Eva, thinking it was boring, too short, too simple. Then I read this book, called Tenderwire, and the protagonist was named Eva Tyne, and she was such an unforgettable character that it made me fall in love with this name.
Eva could also represent a latinised form of Gaelic 'Aoibhe' or Old English 'Æffe'.
Eva Breznikar sings and plays drums in the Slovene musical group Laibach.
Eva Wilma is a Brazilian actress.
Pronounced as "Ah-va".
Oh, gosh, where to start? I just adore this name on so many levels. Beautiful sound, classic without being overused, feminine without being frilly, suits a newborn and her grandmother equally well. Not terribly popular, but not weird either, still familiar and easy to spell/pronounce. Short enough that it doesn't require a nickname, but has the option of two lovely nicknames if you so desire (they can even grow with her - Evie for when she's a little girl, Eve for when she's older). To me, it's just the perfect name.
Eva is Dante and Vergil's mother in the video game series Devil May Cry.
I was born in the mid-50s, and my parents named me after a relative who pronounced this name "Eh-vah." I've had a lifetime correcting people. Glad to hear my family's pronunciation is catching on. Ironically, the relative was from my father's side of the family (English/German) but that pronunciation is closer to Italian, and my mother's family is mostly Italian.
Another one of my favorite short and sweet names :)
Eva Green, the French born actress, is the 'First Bond Girl', Vesper Lynn (odd name really, for a girl, I'm sorry) in Casino Royale (Excellent Movie). I also know a girl who pronounces her name like Ava, even though its spelt Eva.
We named one of my twin daughters Eva (12 months old). We pronounce it eh-vuh and I think it is the most beautiful -- and unusal -- version of the name. Sooo much better than Ava or Ella! I think and hope that our Evy will be the only Eva she knows!
A very pretty name.
Listen to the German pronunciation of Eva here:
Eva Herzigová is a Czech model from Litvínov.
Another one of my favourite names for a girl. Classically pretty and feminine and not extremely common. I also like how you could use the nicknames Eve and Evie with it.
So much prettier than the overused Ava.
My name is also Eva and I like it. It's short, so there is no need for nicknames, and it's international.
A pretty name; the pronunciation "eh-va" is the nicest.
In German, Eva is pronounced as EH-fa. [noted -ed]
The late singer Eva Cassidy, best known for her cover of Sting's "Fields of Gold," was a famous bearer of this name.
Saint Eva of Liege is celebrated 26 May according to the Catholic calendar, but in Liege her feast is 14 March. An additional feast is 25 June.
Eva Gabor was a Hungarian actress known for her role on the "Green Acres" T.V. show.
Eva Braun was the longtime companion (and briefly wife) of Adolf Hitler.
Eva Marie Saint is an American actress.
Eva Peron was an actress that married an Argentinean officer and became a luminary for the Argentine people. She's played by Madonna in the movie 'Evita'.
There is an actress who was on the soap opera "All My Children" for years and is now on "CSI: Miami" - Eva LaRue.
In Germany, this name has two name days: 4 June for St Eva of Liege (Eva von Lüttich) and 24 December for the biblical mother of humanity.
Famous bearers: Eva Longoria, Eva Green.

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