Ava, meaning “living one,” is a great name for girl dogs who are independent or shy. Find out more about dogs named Ava.


Name: Ava

Meaning: In Latin, the name Ava means “living one,” but it also refers to the Hebrew Eve. In English the name Ava is a shortened version of the names Avis and Aveline.

Personality: Independent, Shy

About This Name: Ava Gardner remains one of the most recognizable and popular actresses of her era. Gardner’s popularity was likely a factor in the sharp rise in popularity of the name, particularly among celebrities when naming their babies. Some celebs who named their children Ava are Kevin Dillon, Hugh Jackman and Reese Witherspoon. Soap operas All My Children, Guiding Light and General Hospital all have had characters named Ava, and the TV series Nip/Tuck had an Ava as well.

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