How is Eva pronounced?

[name_f]Eva[/name_f] is a name that I’ve always thoght was pretty. I dont know anyone with this name. I’ve always pronounced it as Eh-va (like [name_u]Ever[/name_u] but instead of an er sound, a sound) and that’s how its pronounced on Chicago PD (the is a character with the name) but I’ve heard that its also pronouced Ee-va. Are they both legitimate pronunciation’s?


They are both legitimate I think. I would pronounce it as Ee-vah though.

I’ve never heard EH-vuh before. I pronounce it EE-vuh, but I’ve also heard it pronounced like [name_f]Ava[/name_f].

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Yes, both are correct. I pronounce it Eh-va most of the time, but sometimes Ee-va too, depending on which language I speak.

I personally pronounce it Ee-va (long e sound). I’m a teacher and I had a student named [name_f]Eva[/name_f], pronounced with a short e sound (Eh-va). It bothered me a little. lol Why not just name her [name_f]Ava[/name_f]?


But in my experience most English speakers say EE-vuh…

I always read it as Ee-Vah. However the Eh-va pronounciation could work.

I’ve only ever said (and heard) EE-vuh, but it’s AY-vuh if there’s an accent over the “E”. I’m sure there’s others that say eh-vuh, though.

In spanish we say Eh-vuh, and it’s the only one I like. Ee-vuh sounds like I.V.A (V.A.T in spanish)

Same! Eee-vuh or Ay-vuh. I haven’t heard of Eh-vuh before.

Both work but I would automatically say Ee-va.

Thanks everyone!

@undertherainbow I’m not Spanish but I love the Eh-vuh pronunciation but not the Ee-va.

I like all the pronunciations and don’t have a problem with any. Where in from Ee-vuh is how most pronounce it. I think it would annoy some people to pronounce it other ways in the US but any is acceptable I feel. I’ve heard Aye-vuh pronunciation in [name_f]Canada[/name_f], fwiw.

I normally say Ee-Vuh but sometimes I’ll say Eh-Vuh. It just depends, I’ve heard it both ways.

My sister’s name is [name_f]Eva[/name_f], and we pronounce it EE-vuh. I think EH-vuh would get too confused with [name_u]Ever[/name_u], to be honest.

I’ve only every heard Ee-va with the hard E sound. I think if you tried to pronounce it like Eh-va you might as well just use [name_f]Ava[/name_f].

I’m Australian.
My natural pronunciation is with a long “eh”, almost Ay-vuh, (first syllable almost rhymes with “say”). I think that’s mostly because the [name_f]Eva[/name_f]'s I know are European, though. I would expect most Australian people called [name_f]Eva[/name_f] to pronounce it Ee-vuh.
For context, I pronounce [name_f]Eve[/name_f] as Eev, and my natural inclination is to pronounce [name_f]Ava[/name_f] as [name_m]Ah[/name_m]-vuh (but I would expect mosy Australian [name_f]Ava[/name_f]‘s to say Ay-vuh). I don’t pronounce the r in ever, (I say it as eh-vuh), but for me the first e in ever is a shorter ‘eh’ sound than the e in [name_f]Eva[/name_f] (which is closer to " ey’, almost like a less exaggerated version of [name_m]Fonzie[/name_m]'s catchphrase).

Always heard and said ee-va

I’ve only ever heard Ee-vah.

Thanks guys.

And for those of you are saying that you might as well use [name_f]Ava[/name_f], I’m not suggesting that it’s pronouced like that, I’m saying that I’ve only heard it be pronouced like [name_u]Ever[/name_u] not [name_f]Ava[/name_f].