Eva (name)

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Gender Female
Word/name Latin, Sanskrit
Meaning "Life"
"Living one"
Other names
Related names Eve, Ieva

Eva is a female given name, the Latinate counterpart of English Eve, derived from a Hebrew name meaning "life" or "living one." It can also mean full of Life or mother of life. It is the standard biblical form of Eve in many European languages.

Evita is a diminutive form of the Spanish name "Eva", most often referring to María Eva Duarte de Perón.


During the 1990 United States Census, approximately 0.159 percent of females counted had the first name Eva. The popularity of the name Eva has been consistently in the top 300s, according to the Social Security Administration website. Popularity peaked in 1989 when the name hit No. 31. It began to dip, gradually falling into top 300s, until the turn of the 20th to the 21st century, when the frequency of the name Eva began to rise. As of 2006, it sat at No. 124.[1]

In England and Wales, Eva was reasonably popular around 1900, but it has been little used since, Eve and Evie being the more popular forms today. The name is traditionally more popular in Ireland and Scotland, as an anglicisation of the Gaelic Aoife, meaning "shining" or "radiant".

The name is popular in continental Europe (particularly in Northern Europe after the Reformation).[citation needed] The Hebrew equivalent of Eva is חוה (Ḥawwah, often anglicized as Chava), meaning "life".


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  • Eva Magni (1909–2005), Italian stage and film actress
  • Eva Maler (born 1988), German playwright
  • Eva Marie Saint (born 1924), American actress
  • Eva Mendes (born 1974), American actress
  • Eva Merthen (1723–1811), known as "The Duchess of Finland"
  • Eva Moll (born 1975), German contemporary artist
  • Eva Moore (1870–1955), British actress
  • Eva Morris (1885–2000), native of England, known for a time as the oldest recognized person in the world
  • Eva Moskowitz, U.S. educator and former politician
  • Eva, birth name of Hatice Muazzez, mother of the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed II
  • Eva Nedinkovska (born 1983), ethnic Macedonian singer
  • Eva Pagels (born 1954), German field hockey player
  • Eva Palmer-Sikelianos (1874-1952), American choreographer and art historian
  • Eva Pawlik (1927–1983), Austrian figure skater
  • Eva Perón (1919–1952), President of Argentina, Argentinian First Lady, political leader, actor, and philanthropist; wife of Juan Perón
  • Eva Philbin (1914–2005), Irish chemist
  • Eva Pigford, American model
  • Eva Popiel (born 1982), Japanese-British actress in South Korea
  • Eva Püssa (born 1971), Estonian actress

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  • Eva, Marco's mom from the Animorphs book series.
  • Little Eva, a character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Eva Kant, character from Diabolik comics and Danger: Diabolik movie
  • Eva Wei, the main character of the animated series Oban Star Racers
  • EVA (Metal Gear), character in the video games Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Evangeline A.K. McDowell, a character from the manga and anime series Negima
  • Eva, the Goddess of Water in the mythology of the MMORPG Lineage II
  • Eva, a character on the television series Total Drama Island
  • Eva, a character in the film Igor
  • Eva Ushiromiya, a character in the visual novel, manga and anime series Umineko When They Cry
  • Eva, a character in The Zimmer Twins
  • Eva, a female keel-billed toucan who is Rafael's wife in Rio and Rio 2
  • Eva Luna, main character of Isabel Allende's picaresque novel
  • Eva, is a Russian snowy owl from Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie. She is the North Wind's intelligence analyst.
Eva, wife in Goon and Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Played by Alison Pill

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Social Security Administration – Popular Baby Names