Ava (given name)
|Language(s)||English , Persian|
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Ava is a feminine given name in the English language. The name is possibly derived from a Germanic name, composed of the element av, which is of an uncertain meaning. It is also possible that modern given name may be a completely modern creation. It has also been regarded as a variant of the name Eve or Eva and has been used in Ireland as an English translation of the name Aoife.
Ava is also a feminine given name in Persian, meaning a "pleasant sound", mostly associated with musical sounds; e.g. "Ava -ye moosighi" meaning "the sound of music." It is a popular name for girls in Iran and Tajikistan. It is also popular with Persian-speaking immigrants in the United States and Europe.
The name has gained in popularity since the 1950s, largely due to the influence of American actress Ava Gardner (1922–1990). The name is increasingly popular in the United States, where it was the most popular name given to baby girls in several states in 2006 and the fourth most popular name nationwide in 2007, and in Canada, where it is among the 10 most popular given names for baby girls in several provinces. The name has been rising in popularity in the United States since the mid-1990s, but had its most dramatic jump in popularity in 1998, when it was the 350th most popular name for baby girls, jumping 268 places up the chart from 618th place in 1997. In the year 2010 it was the fifth most popular baby girl name in the United States.  One factor in its increase in popularity in English-speaking countries may have been the naming of the daughters of actress Heather Locklear and musician Richie Sambora,  in 1997, and of actors Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe in 1999. Phillippe said in a recent magazine interview that he and Witherspoon named their child after actress Ava Gardner. In 2013 it was the ninth most popular name for girls in Australia. 
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