Eva (name)

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Eva: Evjeah, Evea,Eeva. (Name)
Word/nameLatin, Hebrew
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Related namesEve, 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, 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
  • 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 Kviig Mohn, a main character in the Norwegian TV show Skam
  • Eva Strong, a character in the UK TV series Hollyoaks
  • Eva Falco, a character in the UK TV series Hollyoaks
  • Eva, one of the main characters in the anime series Tweeny Witches

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