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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Eva
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Eva in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Eva:
Records indicate that 244,031 girls in the United States have been named Eva since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1918, when 4,563 people in the U.S. were given the name Eva. Those people are now 102 years old.
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Comments about the name Eva
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46 Positive Comments
"We are Hindus from India, but have still named our daughter as Eva (pronounced as Eee-wah). We liked the name a lot and it sounds culturally-neutral. It as well helps for her get assimilated in her school since we are now staying in the USA." May. 28, 2015:
"I want to name our daughter Eva, but prefer the "A-vah" pronunciation. I don't like the spelling of Ava quite as well." Feb. 25, 2013:
"My name is Eva pronounced Eeeva. I love my name. It is unique and I have receive compliments on it my whole life!" Nov. 18, 2012:
"I named my daughter Eva (with an acute accent over the e). Her name is pronounced EY-va. This is the Hungarian spelling, and most well known pronunciation internationally. I find it irritating when people make snarky remarks, saying "if you want it pronounced EY-va, you should have spelled it Ava." Ava and Eva are two completely different names, with completely different meanings and origins. English is not the only language in the world, and Eva pronounced EY-va is the most common in most languages. Anyway, my daughter is 19 mo. old and calls herself Evie. I am so glad she does, since I have always loved that nickname, but never wanted to push it on her since it could be confusing with the whole EY-va/EE-vee pronunciation differences. But she picked up the nickname on her own, so I call her Evie. I love it!! We get compliments on it all the time!" Jun. 8, 2012:
"As an Eva pronounced as "Ava", I have to say that, technically, it's "Eh-v/ba" because my mother is a Spaniard, and gave me a Spanish name. However, that's apparently too difficult to explain or expect from most people, haha. :) I go with the "Ava" pronunciation because that is closer to the real deal than "Ee-va", and it's just what I've gotten used to.
People get it wrong, but it doesn't really bother me too much.
I really love having this name, only its growing popularity in the States is not going to leave it unique for very long. Siiiiigh. Oh well." Dec. 6, 2011:
"My name is EE-va, but it is ALWAYS pronounced AA-va when read by someone who doesn't know me. Really, why would you pronounce Eva with an A at the front like Ava? A lot of people name their kids Eva but pronounced Ava, and I don't really like it. Anyway, I love my name(:" Aug. 21, 2011:
"My name is Ee-Vuh. my great grandmother had the same name. she originated in Syria. Her life was filled with obstacles. During the Persian/Turk war her family was killed. That is when she began the journey to America. Then She met my great grandfather. They got married because her visa was up. She was a strong, independent, hard worker and i am very proud to have the same name." Apr. 10, 2011:
"I would like to name my baby girl Eva, pronounced "eh-vuh." But I would be ok with it being pronounced "Ay-vuh too." But I don't care for "EE-vuh."" Jan. 18, 2011:
"When I was a little girl I hated my name Eva Now is so different to me I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEE my name......." Aug. 30, 2010:
"I named my daughter ?va in 2007. We pronouce it Ava. I think it is a very pretty name." Jul. 20, 2010:
"My name is Eva and i love the name, it's so unique and i barely hear it often, it makes me feel different having a name such as mine. Mom you did good! haha" Jun. 20, 2010:
"I'm Eva and I love my name. I am Swedish and pronounce it "Ee-va". I think it's a very elegant name and it works everywhere!" Jun. 16, 2010:
"I named my daughter Eva in 2006 in the wake of the popular name Ava. She is referred to all the time as "Ava" and I correct them. It is Eva with a long E." May. 31, 2010:
"ok so my name is Eva and i hate it pronounce with the long 'e'.I'm 15 years young and i remember in the 1st grade like 1/2 of the people called me eva and half called me ava..then my teacher got so tired of it and asked me wat i perfered..i told her ava because it just sounded better..i speak french and the same way u say eva in spanish,u say in frech..i don't get mad when people pronounce it wrong but its annoy when they argue with me about it like look it up..u can say it EE-va or Ay-vah..which ever u like n i love it being ava..like eva mendes...lol;)" May. 30, 2010:
"i love my name. guys always say they love it. but my name is pronounced with a long e. like eeeeeeva. not ava..eeeeva.. people always get that wrong and i hate correcting them. but other then that i love my name." Nov. 25, 2009:
"itz the awesome name ever!!!
my teacher calls me eva like from wall-e!!!" Nov. 10, 2009:
"What a great name!!! No one ever spells in wrong, and almost everyone pronounces in correctly-Eeva!! (except my basketball coach; no matter how much i correct him, he still calls me Ehva)" Aug. 29, 2009:
"i love my name eva (ee-vah) i think its speacil but i dont like when people call me ava" Aug. 12, 2009:
"My name is Eva and i looovee the name but it drives me crazy when people call me Eve, its not my name :(" Aug. 5, 2009:
"I named my daughter Eva pronounced (Ay-vah). A lot of people say Eeva and it's a little annoying, but I like it because it's different. My name is spelt Jaimie and I like it because no one else's is spelt that way. I wanted hers to be unique and special just like her!" Aug. 1, 2009:
"My name is Eva (pronounced eee-vah!, but alot of Latin people say it in Spanish eh-vah and I'm ok w/that). To me Eva means "the First Woman on the Planet"....Eva same as Eve! I Love my name it is indeed "unique" and it came out the bible." May. 12, 2009:
"my name is eva....but its pronounced ava...because it has an accent on the e...i love my name sooooooooo much" Apr. 1, 2009:
"My name is Eva(pronounced Eva) and I love it!!! It is so unique and pretty!!" Jan. 25, 2009:
"My daughter is named Eva, pronounced Eh-va. Some people sometimes say Ee-vah, but she quickly corrects them. She is only 5 but isn't afraid to teach people the difference." Jan. 3, 2009:
"My name is Eva (pronounced Eeva) and I love it! I was named after my dad's grandma. I've never met anyone else named Eva, and a lot of people pronounce it ah-va, ay-va, or eve, but I don't really mind because I'm used to it. Anyway, I think it's a really pretty name, because its uncommon but not really strange, either. :)" Dec. 21, 2008:
"My daughter is called Eva pronounced e-va, it's such a beautiful name like her!" Sep. 20, 2008:
"i just named my kitten Eva(ay-va). my friend says that her name is EE-va and not Ay-va, and if i want her name to be Ay-va i MUST spell it Ava or else her name will be EE-va. It's SUPER obnoxsious. I think it can be pronounced anyway someone likes. And there many ways to pronounce this name." Aug. 22, 2008:
"I LOVE the name and gave it to my baby daughter. EVERYONE says it wrong! We pronounce it AY-VAH, but of course everyone says Eeevah. I quickly correct them though! and I do not regret naming her Eva for a second!" Aug. 20, 2008:
"Responding to -Our daughters name is Eva (pronounced Ay-va)! I love it! She is 3 months old and it is frustrating at first to have it always mispronounced, but I'm sure we'll get used to it! I think only 2 strangers have ever pronounced it right!"
My Comment-My 3 mo. old daughter is named Eva pronounced EEva. Everyone I meet says Ava. So I guess you can't win. We named her after my husbands Grandmother" Jun. 26, 2008:
"Im lithuanian and my name Eva not pronounced as ava, ahva, or eeva, but just Eva, like word ever :) and really not many has this name, i very proud to be Eva" May. 28, 2008:
"I named my daughter Eva, she is now six months old - I pronounce it Ay-Va (I thought that was how it ws prounced I had never met an Eva prounnced EE-VA but had heard of Eva Peron procuned AY-VA).
In England everyone pronounces her name EE-VA or spells it AvA - Bless her I think I may have given her a real annoying burden to live with - still wondering if i should get it changed on her birth certificate to Ava.
I chose Eva cause it means life and I liked the meaning." May. 22, 2008:
"Our daughters name is Eva (pronounced Ay-va)! I love it! She is 3 months old and it is frustrating at first to have it always mispronounced, but I'm sure we'll get used to it! I think only 2 strangers have ever pronounced it right!" May. 19, 2008:
"My name is Eva. I live in Belgium and I have never heard my name pronounced in a wrong way. We just have it pronounced lik Ay-vah. And I lik my name a lot! It's not very common but also not that strange, so it's perfect!" May. 2, 2008:
"People usually pronounce it Ay-vah, or Eve but since my parents speak spanish they told me it was Eh-vah. I love it I usually tell people its e-vah though." Jan. 23, 2008:
"It's simple, feminine, and elegant. I am glad to see the popularity of the name "Eva" is increasing once again, although I hope it never gets to the Brittany, Ashley, Courtney level of useage." Oct. 3, 2007:
"I didn't like it as a kid, and a hairdresser even said to me once when I told her my name, "Well, when I'm done with you you won't look like an Eva." What was that supposed to mean? I guess Eva's are supposed to be old ladies. But thank you to those hot Hispanic Eva's in momdeling and acting! My name is enjoying new appreciation as a hot chick's name!" Aug. 7, 2007:
"i love being named Eva!(pronounced eeva) i struggled for a while when people called me ava. but now i am used to it. i love my name!! and as a plus it means "raidiant goddess or heroine!" Dec. 31, 2006:
"My grandmother name is Mrs. Eva Walker, and she means so much to me." Nov. 1, 2006:
"i named my baby eva...and just to correct a previous comment, there is no wrond pronounciation on names...
she is eva with a short e...its short for evalyn and it wasy late greatgrandmother's name...i think its really pretty!" Oct. 2, 2006:
"Just named my baby Eva - pronounced eeva -
it's a beautiful sounding name. Classic yet
not out of fashion." Jun. 25, 2006:
"My name is Eva. I must admit, I went through a period where I hated it, because no one could ever pronounce it right. I have a teacher whom has had me for two years and still calls me "Ava", I pronounce my name "Eeva," but I have heard other pronounciations. I've never personally met another named Eva, but I have met a couple named Ava." May. 12, 2006:
"well am making my confirmation and i decided on the irish name aoife but when i begun reserching i foun out that it meant eva so many people begun calling me eva" May. 8, 2006:
"I love the name. I named one of my girls Eva and we pronounce it Ava." Apr. 24, 2006:
"I think it's pretty. I prefer the pronunciation EE-VA" Apr. 11, 2006:
"Very pretty name - the pronunciation can go either way due to personal preference or language at home. For example, in Spanish & Portuguese Eva is pronounced ay-va but in America I've even heard it pronounced 'eeva' or with a short e (like ever without the r). Regardless, all the pronunciations sound pretty to me!" Nov. 7, 2005:
Many people pronounce and spell it wrong.
Correct way: the long "e" sound.
I know 8 Evas." Aug. 18, 2005:
30 Neutral Comments
"My name is Eva. Throughout my schooling till now, i haven't got a namesake. That makes me sooooooooooooooooooooooooo unique.It is pronounced with e" Jul. 18, 2014:
"My parents decided Eva was pronounced "eh-va" and I was born in 1955, and have been correcting the pronunciation since the 60s! I've been told the way my parents pronounce it is Italian. I've grown to like it, but growing up I wish my parents had named me Evelyn, instead." Aug. 23, 2013:
"People in the US who name their kid "Eva" and expect for the general population to pronounce it "Ava" are just setting themselves up for disappointment. My daughter's name is Eva(pronounced Ee-vah). It baffles me when everyone calls her Ava. The name has great meaning to us due to having several relatives with the same name that go way back- all pronounced ee-va. So if you want your child to be called Ava name them that and stop messing the name up for the people actually named Eva." Jul. 18, 2011:
"sorry to say, but the name ee-va doesnt sound very elegant or pretty. it doesnt sound like a name at all. eva, with the short e does sound better and acceptable. eeva sounds like your saying evil. my cousin named her daughter eeve with the long e, and everyone makes fun of it and hates it" Mar. 27, 2011:
"Hi,my name is Eva and most people pronounce my name as Eeva-uh but hey what can I say is not a matter of pronounciation is the matter of you hearing what that person is trying 2 say.anyway all of u who's names are Eva we are lucky 'c0z itz rare 2 find a name like dat and some of u who don't know what it means now u know c0z it means "life"mwahh love u Eva's" Oct. 18, 2010:
"I LOVE my name, but I have been called Heather & Emma and people want to pronounce it with a Long E or call me Ava. I was named after my mom's Aunt. My name is pronouced with the short E...I tell people it is pronounced like Evan, just remove the N at the end. I wish Eva Longoria & Eva Mendez would correct people because I am pretty sure that their name is prounced with the short E sound because that is how hispanics pronounce this name." Sep. 30, 2010:
"My Grandmother's name is "Eva" but she pronounces it "Evie"." Aug. 19, 2010:
"We plan to have this be our daughter's middle name - after her dad's sister who died of cancer years back - I thought it was beautiful name - what I dont get is people who get upset about the pronounciation when they want it 'a'va and spell it Eva - for english the "a" at the end of the name makes the first vowel say its name - you want Ava - spell it with an A - you want Eva spell it with an E... very basic english here :)" Mar. 2, 2010:
"I think its irritating when people name their children "Eva" & expect people to call them "Ava". why not just name them "Ava".
then the kid goes their whole life being irritated when someone calls them by the name that they were given - phonetically and quite correctly." Mar. 1, 2010:
"My name is Eva and it is pronounced Ava- i don't get annoyed when people call me Eva as it spelt that way- so it is a bit silly to pronounce it a different way to the spelling and then get annoyed when people call you or your daughter the way it is spelt. I love my name- it is so unusual and everyone says how lovely it is!" Jan. 10, 2010:
"yeah i LOVE my name its so short and hardly anybody pronounces it wrong:)" Nov. 16, 2009:
"I love my name Eva (ee-va), it's nice and short. When I was at school throughout the years I was the only one who had this name. Nowadays there are a lot of celebrities with this name and this may recently be a popular name for babies once again. I do love reading about historical figures with this as a first name. I do answer to different pronunciations - I don't mind at all. When I was at school taking French, I was called Eve (similar to "ave" as in "avenue"), in German I was called Eva (like evah) same in Italian and Russian. (Later I majored in languages at Uni.)" Aug. 29, 2009:
"I'm from Russia, and everybody call me Yeva, i like it sometimes friend calls me Yevka, Lena-Lenka, Dasha- Dashka is very usual, but Yeva- Yevka very unusual. This name became rather popular nowadays. Well, i like all pronunciation of this name." Feb. 5, 2009:
"My name is Eva and I love it so much that I named my Daughter it also, She is now 21 and loves it too, we pronounce our mane Eevah. I was named after my mom who is Evangelina. I/ve never had anyone call be Aavah." Jan. 17, 2009:
"im 14 my names eva-sophia but i people always pronounce it ayy-vah so fie err its really annoying" Oct. 11, 2008:
"My daugthers name is Eva and pronounced ee-va. i don't understand why people with the name Eva want to say it as ay-vuh etc. if this was the way there name should be said the would be called Ava" Sep. 19, 2008:
"Our darling daughter is called Eva but she it is annoying when she gets called Ava or Eve.
My husband chose her name and it is so beautiful, I love it so much. It is classic and unusual too." Jul. 27, 2008:
"My names eva .. im 16,
my name is pronounced,
ay-vuh,..its soo annoying because
everyone calls me ee-va, i hate it makes
me furiouse.! but yeah i like me name over all but i always wanted to change it to ava,
but i was afraid people would pronounce it
ah-vuh but w.e i love my name :P" Jun. 27, 2008:
"My granddaughter's name is Eva, but it is pronounced Ava, the Spanish pronunciation. I think this is going to be a problem when she gets old enough to go to school! She'll probably just go by "Eva" or change the spelling to Ava." Feb. 28, 2008:
"my sisters name is evah but she spells it EVAH...so u dont really get to look up wat her name means unless u spell it wit out the H. lol...but its a beautiful name" Feb. 8, 2008:
"We have named our daughter Eva (pronounced the Spanish way!) We love it as it is easy to pronounce in both our countries of origin and it's strong and short. I hope our daughter will be happy with her name as well." Sep. 21, 2007:
"I used to hate my name when I was younger. I wanted to be called Joanne! Now I love it. I always get comments about it. people always say what a lovely name, what an unusual name. People pronounce my name correctly almost all of the time but sometimes I get Eve. I would hate my name to become a popular name. It's different but not odd and that makes it a great name. Thanks mum for having good taste." May. 26, 2007:
"i used to love the name---unitl the popularity of ava. I don't want my eva being confused with an ava" Apr. 12, 2007:
"I am Spanish and we pronounce it "eba" because we dont make any difference between b and v. In London, where I lived for 2 years, when I said my name, people used to think my name was Emma and I had to correct everybody. One person even asked about the v thing and told me he didnt believe Spanish people dont have the v sound. He didnt believe me and I am from Spain!!! In USA, people normally get it at the first time and nobody calls me Emma!. When I dont say my name but someone else reads it, they call me "Eeva", and I dont mind. In fact, it is easier for them. I love my name, I will never thank my mother enough. :)" Feb. 21, 2007:
"I named my older daughter Eva in 2003, having loved the name for years. "Eeva", "Ayva", and "Ehva" are all fine ways to prounce the name. We use something closer to "Aava" (the "a" sound is drawn out") which would be proper in Hungary." Jan. 2, 2007:
"I have a 1 year old daughter named Eva, which we pronounce Ava. We spell it like this because she is of Hispanic heritage and in Spanish "E" is pronounced like "A." Those who say that Eva is only pronounced Ee-va are totally wrong as it can go either way. They are both very beautiful names and even though several people pronounce her name wrong I don't regret naming (spelling her name like that) her that for one second!!" Aug. 9, 2006:
"Eva is my name and has been for 94 years. May have had some other incarnations as this name in the far distant past. i like it because it is multicultural and agrees with my vibrations. Numerology 2-4-6 (base 10) b-4-4 (Base 12) Intuition combined with practicality. i have had four other Hebrew Names." May. 16, 2006:
"For years I've planned to name a future daughter Eva Marie (pronounced like "Eev-uh"), after my grandmother, Evelyn Maria. I cringed when Eva Longoria started becoming well known. I'm sure by the time I have a daughter if 5 or 6 years, the name will be too popular." Apr. 18, 2006:
"My name is Eva. When I was born in 1977, almost no one my age had this name. When I was little, I really didn't like the name because I thought it was "weird" and too easy to mispronounce. I say it it Ay-va (which is how it is pronounced in German, Spanish, Italian, Polish ... etc.), but a lot of Americans think it's Ee-va. Ay-va is much better! After I turned about 14 I started really liking the name. It's short, simple, classical, but sounds a little bit exotic. Dealing with the mispronunciation is not a big deal anymore." Jan. 9, 2006:
"Our 2 year old daughter's name is Eva. She is named after my husband's grandmother. I was a little leary about using the name at first. I was afraid it would sound too old fashioned, especially paired next to her sister Chloe's name. The only problem we've had is people pronoucing her name "Ava" instead of "Ee-va". The long "e" sound is the more accepted pronunciation, despite the fame of actress Eva Gabor who uses the "a" sound. As Ava becomes more propular, I think Eva will follow suit. There is also an actress on Desperate Housewives named Eva Longoria. As with any popular show, names of characters and the actors/actresseses who play them seem to make their way up the baby name lists. The most notable example I can think of lately is the boy's name Ashton. I never even heard this name before "That 70's Show" took off, and Ashton Kutcher started becoming popular.
No matter what happens trend wise, though, we love the name. Eva means "life," and both she and her grandmother certainly live life to the fullest. No other name would have suited her so well." Jul. 4, 2005:
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