How Popular is Ava?

I am really falling for the name [name]Ava[/name] right now. I have only met three [name]Ava[/name]'s in my life and they are all three around 8 years old now. I have never even heard of someone naming there baby [name]Ava[/name], so how is it so popular? [name]How[/name] many [name]Ava[/name]'s do you know and what are their approximate ages? What do you think of the name in general? [name]Do[/name] you prefer [name]Ava[/name] or [name]Ada[/name] or [name]Eva[/name]?

I like [name]Ava[/name], [name]Ada[/name] and [name]Eva[/name] equally. :slight_smile: In descending order of popularity, they are: [name]Ava[/name], [name]Eva[/name], [name]Ada[/name].

But down to business.
[name]Ava[/name] was the fifth most popular name given to baby girls in the US in 2010.
It was the eleventh most popular in the UK.
The third most popular in [name]Scotland[/name].
In 2011, it was the ninth most popular in [name]Canada[/name].
Bearing in mind that this name is going to stay in at least the top 20 for a few more years to come, a LOT of baby girls are going to have this name.

On the other hand, there are certain areas in countries where this is popular, and areas where it’s not so popular. Also, know that creativity in baby naming has increased dramatically so whatever’s #5 today won’t be as popular as whatever was #5 thirty years ago.

Generally, it’s on everyone’s radar, which might put you off if you don’t like popular names. But if you really love the name, I wouldn’t discourage you from using it just because of popularity. It’s a pretty name, when all’s said and done.

Alternatives: [name]Ada[/name], [name]Eva[/name], [name]Eve[/name], [name]Ivah[/name], [name]Iva[/name], [name]Evalee[/name], [name]Avalon[/name], Avila, Aven, [name]Aveline[/name], Avalee, Avelina, Avonlea, [name]Avie[/name], Avelaine, [name]Avia[/name], [name]Aviana[/name], [name]Avis[/name], [name]Avellana[/name], [name]Avalyn[/name], Éabha.

I guess it depends where you are. Here in [name]Sydney[/name], Australia I know 2, both under 3 years old and it seems to have been in the top 20 names for the last few years.

I think it’s a lovely name, but I personally wouldn’t want to use anything that popular. I like [name]Eva[/name] very much as an alternatiove.

I know of 3 [name]Ava[/name]'s (two three year olds and a new born) and that’s why I don’t see it as a classic name but more of a trendy one. I think I’ll only meet more and more being a teacher! It is also very likely to hit the UK top 10 for 2011 too, which shows it is still rising in popularity here in the UK.

It seems trendy because it has literally come out of nowhere to be a popular name that everyone is loving, so for that reason I much [name]Eva[/name] (which seems to have had a steady rise) and the less popular [name]Ada[/name].

I like the name. I actually don’t know any Avas but I don’t doubt they are out there. I do know two Eves (8), and an [name]Eva[/name] (5), and an [name]Evelyn[/name] (5). Go figure, since [name]Eve[/name] is much lower than any of these other names on the popularity charts. I agree with pp on preferring [name]Eva[/name], for both the slow steady rise and what I feel is more history. But [name]Ava[/name] is fine to consider for sure. I do like [name]Ada[/name] btw but prefer the Biblical [name]Adah[/name] (different prn, but still similar, to me).

I think the only [name]Ava[/name] I know is about 8 or 9. I definitely don’t know any babies with the name so I have a hard time determining the popularity. With a name like [name]Isabella[/name], which I believe is number, I know probably 15 and that is not an exaggeration and over half of them are under the age of 5 so too me that one is definitely too popular! I don’t really like [name]Eva[/name] but I don’t hate it either. I like [name]Ada[/name] a lot too, but I do prefer [name]Ava[/name] even though it is so popular.

I like [name]Ava[/name] but don’t love it. I honestly don’t know any but there has to be quite a few of them, I mean, it’s a top 10 name, lol. I don’t know any Evas, Eves, Evelyns, Evangelines, [name]Evelina[/name]/Evelines, [name]Adas[/name], etc., either! [name]Even[/name] on line, I usually know more people who have used a certain name… but really, I don’t. I know someone who has a little sister (about six now, I would guess?) whose name is [name]Ava[/name], and I know of a five-year-old [name]Avery[/name] [name]Rose[/name], nn [name]Ava[/name], and I know of an [name]Evangeline[/name] (which is a lot less related than [name]Eva[/name] or [name]Evelyn[/name], lol).

If you love it, I would say definitely use it. I’m not a huge fan of [name]Ava[/name]/[name]Eva[/name]/[name]Ada[/name] separately… I love [name]Addy[/name] names but I much prefer [name]Adele[/name], [name]Adella[/name], [name]Astrid[/name], or [name]Adelaide[/name] to just [name]Ada[/name], although I would probably say [name]Ada[/name] is my favorite. [name]Eva[/name] would be my second favorite mainly because I love the nn [name]Evie[/name] but I would prefer to say [name]Eva[/name] the Spanish way which is just too confusing. [name]Ava[/name] has always looked too exotic for me (I couldn’t tell you why!), so that’s probably my least favorite.

If you’re worried about popularity you could maybe consider [name]Aviana[/name], Avelaine/[name]Aveline[/name], [name]Octavia[/name], or [name]Savannah[/name], with the nn [name]Ava[/name]?

I’ve known one [name]Ava[/name] and she’d be about 4 now. It’s never been popular in my area, so I’m always surprised to see it topping the popularity lists.

There are quite a few young Avas, but I still like the name. What about [name]Avis[/name] as an alternative?

I only know one 8 year old named [name]Ava[/name]. Where I live, however, I feel like every other girl I meet under 4 is named [name]Avery[/name].

I’m in the UK and have only met 1 [name]Ava[/name] (sister was [name]Emily[/name]. They were both around 4) and no [name]Adas[/name].

I do know lots of Evas though! I think [name]Eva[/name] is probably my favourite of the 3.

I know one high-school aged [name]Ava[/name] and two little girls age 5 and under named [name]Ava[/name]. In contrast, I know no [name]Ada[/name]'s and two high-school aged [name]Eva[/name]'s.

I love [name]Ava[/name]! I don’t know any Avas, but I met and [name]Eva[/name] who is a teenager. The popularity lists are tricky. I mean I believe that there are a lot of Avas out there but I just haven’t encountered any in my area, or in my son’s school, or the school I work in. It’s the same with my son’s name, [name]Noah[/name]. I realized it was really popular after he was born when I looked at the SSA list, but we’ve only met one other little [name]Noah[/name] (and 2 adults, but I don’t really think that counts trend-wise). So I guess it really depends on the area like previous posters said. On the other hand I have also met literally 15 young Isabellas/Bellas…

I know 4 Avas under the age of 6 and 3 Evas (pronounced differently 2 [name]EEva[/name] and 1 Ehva) under the age of 7. I also have had 2 friends in the last 6 months who have named their baby [name]Evelyn[/name] (one [name]Evalyn[/name] and one [name]Evelynn[/name]) both called [name]Eve[/name] or [name]Evie[/name]. For me it seems to be a very popular name.

[name]Ava[/name] is in the Top 10 where I live and has been since 2005, but, I haven’t met a single one. I know a few Evas under the age of ten, but not a single [name]Ava[/name] of any age. (I work in Childcare!!)

@kibby - I feel the same way, I am a teacher and I have a hard time with some of these names that are listed as very popular and yet I never come across a single one. I guess they have to be out there somewhere though.

I don’t know anyone named [name]Ava[/name]. I wouldn’t worry about popularity because no matter how popular a name is, it doesn’t mean you’ll meet alot of them. I tested this theory a little. For example, two of my children go to a public elementary school in a fairly large city and both are involved in activities. Neither of them know of a single girl named [name]Emily[/name], even though it was the most popular name for 10 years. I queried my older children as well and found that one of them knew of only one girl with that name. [name]Just[/name] one. [name]How[/name] weird is that?

I understand why you adore the name [name]Ava[/name]. It has a beautiful simplicity to it. Those are the kinds of names I love. Actually, [name]Ava[/name] would have been my son’s name if he was a girl. He is 12. That was before it exploded in popularity here - or at least in my circle of friends and relatives. I changed my favorite girl name because I started hearing it too much - and then a relative named her daughter [name]Ava[/name]. I personally know 3 Avas and they are all between the ages of 5 and 7. I know 1 [name]Eva[/name] (pronounced [name]Ava[/name]) and she is 11. These are just the ones I personally know. I have met others and see/hear the name all over the place. It is EXTREMELY popular here now (midwestern USA). I’d say that if it is not common among the people you know, you have nothing to worry about. If you love the name, use it! That’s really what matters.

Where I live (Wisconsin) [name]Ava[/name] is extremely popular… I have two nieces named [name]Ava[/name]. In fact they are both [name]Ava[/name] [name]Pearl[/name]. Different sides of the family. [name]Both[/name] are under 2.