If you want a sweet and simple baby name, Ava is probably at the top of your list. The short, two-syllable name is a popular choice, but still has plenty of timeless appeal. So, what if you love it, but want something different? These baby names if you like Ava might be just what you’re looking for.
The origin of the name Ava is pretty complex for such a simple moniker. The baby name Ava is derived from the Latin word “Avis,” which means “bird,” according to Nameberry. Additionally, the site noted that German origins for the name can be traced back to medieval times with the name meaning “island” or “water.” It is also possible that Ava is a shortened version of the name Chava, the Hebrew form of Eve, meaning “life” or “living one,” per Baby Center.
Maybe Ava is a name you’ve loved since your own childhood, but you already bequeathed that title to your firstborn. Perhaps you had a dream where you met a grown-up version of your child and they let you know that Ava was off-limits. (Crazier things have happened, right?) Whatever your reason for straying from the baby name is, take a look at this list to see if any Ava alternatives strike your fancy.
Lovers of baby names with just three letters can turn to Eve as an alternative to Ava. By simply inserting an “e” where each “a” appears in Ava, you get another short and sweet moniker that rolls right off the tongue. Plus, there’s hope that your little one might master writing their own name sooner rather than later since they just have to learn to write two letters to do so.
Since one of the meanings of the baby name Ava is bird, those who love this particular meaning may find the name of an actual bird to be an attractive name choice. Robin was a popular baby girl name throughout the 1980s, but the name actually saw peak popularity from 1953 to 1979, waffling between the top 30 and top 90 most popular names, per the SSA.
Also in the bird family, Wren might be just the name you’re searching for if you love the meaning of the baby name Ava. Despite an increase in the popularity of the baby name Wren over the past decade or so, the name was ranked 428th most popular by the SSA in 2019.
Aya is another short, vowel-filled name choice for parents who are considering Ava, but aren’t sold on giving their baby a hugely popular moniker. In 2019, the SSA reported only 383 babies born with the name Aya. The name Aya means “colorful one” in Japanese, according to Baby Name Wizard, but also has roots in other cultures including Native American and German.
As any Game of Thrones fan would tell you, the name Arya is one full of strength and power that has surged in popularity over the past few years. A Sanskirt name meaning “noble,” Arya is similar in sound and structure to Ava, but offers a bit more gusto and vibrato.
Baby names that could be deemed “old-fashioned” or “grandma-like” are often the ones with the most timeless appeal, and Ida (although similar enough to Ava) has this quality. Legendary civil rights leader Ida B. Wells boasts the classic name, so using Ida as your baby’s name would most certainly put her in the company of greatness.
If you’re looking for a baby name that offers a similar spunky appeal to Ava, Mia is a spirited alternative. Ranked the eighth most popular baby girl name in 2019 by the SSA, Mia means “beloved” in Scandinavian. The name is also shared by soccer legend Mia Hamm, the iconic actress Mia Farrow, and was the name of Anne Hathaway’s treasured character in The Princess Diaries.
German for “noble,” the baby name Ada is an easy switch from a name like Ava. Replacing the “v” with a “d,” you can have a similar-sounding name to Ava with a completely different meaning. You’re also less likely to have multiple kids in your child’s preschool class bear the name, as less than 1,500 parents chose the name Ada for their babies in 2019, per the SSA.
The baby name Bria is a derivative of the Italian word “brio” which means “liveliness and vigor,” according to Namberry. Like Ava, it’s a short, sassy moniker that is quick to say and sounds downright peppy. Bria can also be used as a nickname for a longer, more traditional name like Bridgette or Brianna.
I will never hear the name Clara and not think of the character from The Nutcracker. This stately name offers a more lyrical style than Ava, but still has a similar sound to it. Clara is Latin for “bright” or “clear” and was ranked the 95th most popular baby girl’s name in 2019, according to the SSA.
A variation of the Hebrew name Davina, the name Daviana is of Scottish origin and means “beloved,” according to The Bump. Although it might seem like quite a stretch from Ava, the name Daviana has both the letter “a” and “v” within it and ends in the same vowel sound.
The baby name Lila is derived from the Arabic word for “night,” but also has roots in the Sanskrit language meaning “play,” according to Nameberry. Like Ava, Lila is a short, two-syllable name and can be used as a nickname for longer, more formal names like Lillian.
Unlike the popular Ava, Myra was ranked the 536th most popular baby girl name in 2019 by the SSA. Since the name has never been particularly popular, it’s fair to say that Myra is also a beautiful choice if you want a name that is similar in sound to Ava but not overly used.
Grey’s Anatomy fans may recognize Zola as the name of the baby girl that characters Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd adopted in season 8 of the show. Short, sassy, and vowel-filled, Zola is a fantastic choice for parents who love the appeal of Ava but want something more unique.