[ 2 syll. e-va, ev-a ] The baby girl name Eva is pronounced as EYVaa (Dutch), IYVah (English), EHFaa (German), or EHVaa (Italian, Spanish) †. Eva is used predominantly in Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, Slavic, Spanish, Hungarian, Indian, and Polish. It is derived from Hebrew, Old Greek, and Germanic origins. Hebrew origin, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, Slavic, and Spanish use: A biblical name, it is derived from the word 'hayya' which is of the meaning alive, animal. Eva was originally the equivalent of Eve in many non-English-speaking countries; it was later adopted by English speakers in the mid-19th century. In Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), there is a character Little Eva, whose actual name is Evangeline. Along with Eve, the name is used as an Anglicized form of Aoife in Ireland.
Eva is a contracted form (English) of the name Evangeline (English and French).
Eva is also a variation (Czech, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Scandinavian, Slavic, and Spanish) of the name Eve (English and French).
Eva is also a diminutive (Czech, Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, Indian, Italian, Polish, Russian, Scandinavian, and Spanish) of the name Geneva (English).
Ava, Eba, Ebba, Evacsa, Evacska, Evalea, Evalee, Evaleigh, Evalia, Evaline, Eve, Evea, Eveah, Evelin, Evelina, Evelyn, Evette, Evia (used in Spanish too), Evika, Evlyn, Evva, and Ewah. Other English forms include the diminutives Evie (used in Spanish, and Hungarian too) and Evita (used in Spanish too), and the spelling variant Evah.
Variations used in other languages include Chava (Yiddish), Eeva (Finnish), Eevi (Finnish), Efa (Welsh), Eubh (Scottish), Eubha (Scottish), Evaine (French), Evani (Indian), Evathia (Greek), Evchen (German), Evelia (Spanish), Evelien (Dutch), Evetta (Spanish), Eviana (Spanish), Evicka (Czech), Evike (Hungarian), Evin (Spanish), Evina (Indian), Evinka (Czech), Evka (Czech), Evulka (Czech), Evuska (Czech), Ewa (Polish), Ewalina (Hawaiian), Ébha (Irish), Éva (Hungarian), Ina (Polish), Jieva (Lithuanian), Lina (Polish), and Vica (Hungarian). The diminutive Evi (German and Hungarian) is another foreign variation.
See also the related form, Eva Maria (German).
Eva is a popular baby girl name, and it is also regarded as trendy. In 1900, 0.657% of baby girls were named Eva. It had a ranking of #33 then. The baby name has suffered a steep loss in popularity since then. In 2012, its usage was 0.173% and its ranking #86, appearing with somewhat increasing regularity in the recent decade. Out of all girl names in its family, Eva was the 3rd most popular after Ava and Evelyn. In 2012, Ava was 5 times more popular than Eva. The name Eva has been mainly given to baby girls, though it has also been used as a boy name in the last century. There were 51 times as many baby girls than boys who were named Eva in 1909.
† Pronunciation for Eva: EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; F as in "fee (F.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Eva:
Actress Eva Gabor, born 11 February 1919 - 4 July 1995, Budapest, Hungary.
Actress Eva Green, born 5 July 1980, Paris, France.
Actress Eva Longoria, born 15 March 1975, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Actress Eva Mendes, born 5 March 1974, Miami, Florida.
Actress Eva Marie Saint, born 4 July 1924, Newark, New Jersey.
Model Eva Herzigova, born 10 March 1973, Litvinov, Czechoslovakia.
Political Relative Eva Braun, born 6 February 1912 - 30 April 1945, Munich, Germany.
Politician Eva (Evita) Peron, born Maria Eva Ibarguren 7 May 1919 - 26 July 1952, Los Toldos, Argentina.