First thing that you think of when you hear the name Ava?

(78 Posts)
Bluemonkeyspots Wed 22-May-13 21:17:02

Good or bad?

shez29 Wed 22-May-13 21:17:33

Pretty name


PoppyWearer Wed 22-May-13 21:18:27


Beamur Wed 22-May-13 21:19:00

One of the most beautiful women ever.
As a name, I love it.

Hadassah Wed 22-May-13 21:19:29


My beautiful, amazing, wonderful daughter smile

EMS23 Wed 22-May-13 21:22:13

My daughter. Before she was born, It was Ava Gardner.

Arseface Wed 22-May-13 21:23:45

My dog's called Ava but she's a very elegant, dignified old greyhound. DH and the DCs chose it and it does suit her.
There are quite a few little girls around here with the name which makes for lots of fun in the park when DD,3, yells, 'Ava's doing a POOOOO!'

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 22-May-13 21:27:07

Myleene Klass (sorry)

Witchy mother at school. Her dd (the Ava) is lovely though smile

headinhands Wed 22-May-13 21:28:48
headinhands Wed 22-May-13 21:30:22

ANGELS and Airwaves.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 22-May-13 21:30:40

Definitely good.

Littlefish Wed 22-May-13 21:31:52

Pretty, but lots of them (or variations of) around.

In my nursery, I have:

Evie x 3
Ava x2
Ellie/Ellie-May/Ella-May x 3

mamaduckbone Wed 22-May-13 21:32:12

A rather precocious girl with a gobby mother...but that's the worst thing about being a teacher-otherwise lovely names get ruined.

joanofarchitrave Wed 22-May-13 21:35:00

The daughter of an MNer, who had a thread about naming her girl some years ago.

yegodsandlittlefishes Wed 22-May-13 21:35:32


(Let's all gah dahn the Strand.)


Ava is a lovely name. Ignore me!

lurcherlover Wed 22-May-13 21:37:02

Lovely name, but extremely popular - that's the reason I didn't go for it.

another one?!

Leeds2 Wed 22-May-13 21:39:29


Lollyheart Wed 22-May-13 21:40:25

Love the name. It would if been ds name if he was a girl.

cantbloodywellchoose Wed 22-May-13 21:41:17

Pretty name!

JoyMachine Wed 22-May-13 21:42:42

"Dave's sister Ava is braver" - Caveman Dave by Nick Sharratt, a work of genius for toddlers, and dinosaur lovers everywhere.

Succoria Wed 22-May-13 21:44:18

My first thought would be "oh, another one". It's a nice name but everywhere you look there is another Ava/Eva.


MadBusLady Wed 22-May-13 21:45:47


Also, "Top 20"

mrsyattering Wed 22-May-13 21:46:47

A wee cutie at nursery with my dsgrin

ohmeohmyforgotlogin Wed 22-May-13 21:49:15

What beamur said

Littleolivetree Wed 22-May-13 21:52:32

Lovely name, very common

JojoMags Wed 22-May-13 21:52:53

Agree with succoria. Is very 'now' and bored of it. Also Mylene Klass.

ArtemisKelda Wed 22-May-13 21:54:32


scottishmummy Wed 22-May-13 21:56:36

another one?

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 22-May-13 21:59:20

Oh no not another one.

Gorgeous. Don't know any.

Mitochondriac Wed 22-May-13 22:02:12

Ava Gardner, a stunning, wisecracking film star. Great name but so popular now it's lost a bit of its glamour, IMO.

CityGal29 Wed 22-May-13 22:03:46

Boring name was interesting in 2008 but done to death ever since.

Adeline is fresh & Arianna is becoming more popular - much prefer these A names wink

Beamur Wed 22-May-13 22:05:55

There are not many Ava's where I live. It's not common everywhere.

I think of Aviva insurance

Kaekae Wed 22-May-13 22:14:09

My daughters middle name, I decided on it while sat waiting to register her , didn't realise it was so popular but there are loads of them around. We have a few at my DDs preschool and two in my sons class.

DottyDot Wed 22-May-13 22:17:48

I think of Caveman Dave as well! A work of literary genius grin

Still18atheart Wed 22-May-13 22:21:08


ivykaty44 Wed 22-May-13 22:22:47


ivykaty44 Wed 22-May-13 22:24:02
MotheringShites Wed 22-May-13 22:25:23

Only one in our school and she's all mine

lessemin Wed 22-May-13 22:26:47

Eastenders, soz

JoyMachine Wed 22-May-13 22:26:53

grin DottyDot!

Mintyy Wed 22-May-13 22:27:32

Another one?

Decoy Wed 22-May-13 22:57:38

Lovely name

Amy106 Wed 22-May-13 23:02:31

Beautiful name

I love it but prefer spelling Eva, just my own pronounciation of Eva is the same as Ava when most people pronounce Eva 'Ee-va' i'm just odd smile

I really wanted it for this dd but dp said no plus i know i'd hate spelling it Ava and poor dd would be stuck correcting people all her life if i dpelt it Eva.

voucherprocon Thu 23-May-13 00:53:05

"My first thought would be "oh, another one". It's a nice name but everywhere you look there is another Ava/Eva.

Exactly that Seriously it's like the Claire or Louise of the late 70's/early 80's. There are lots of great names, put some effort in < That's what I think about my own parents giving me a stupid common name, really is that the best you could come up with?

MyShoofly Thu 23-May-13 01:13:17


At least where I am - Ava is in the top 5. Its still a lovely name though.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 23-May-13 03:10:57

Another one?... for me, too.

Overly popular, and will date.

It was gorgeous, simple, elegant, glamourous, etc when Ava Gardner was the only person with the name, and so your association was sultry, golden-age-of-Hollywood style. But it has become devalued, eyes-glass-over-with-boredom-dull through sheer over-use.

3MonthMaid Thu 23-May-13 03:39:21

Unfortunately I think "common - band wagon name"

I prefer Eve.

But seriously, it's the one name that you literally NEVER hear on anyone over about 8 (eastenders aside!)

wigglesrock Thu 23-May-13 06:47:56

It's a beautiful name, I almost went with it for dd1. But at the time I thought it was too posey - dd1 is not quite 8 smile. I hadn't heard of one in years then, in fact my mil thought it was a very old fashioned name.

MotheringShites Thu 23-May-13 06:51:14

I think if you really like a name you should steer very clear of these boards. As some other threads have mentioned recently, it's worse than IABU in here.

It's surprising how hurtful it actually is to see your beloved name ripped to shreds. And yes, I know people ask for opinions here but the ferocity of some of the responses is vile.

Shall steer v v v clear of here from now on.

kerala Thu 23-May-13 06:51:51

Another one. Very popular agree this generations Claire. Rather yawn some now lost any appeal through over use.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Thu 23-May-13 06:55:14

My dd, born in 2004, when it was only just in the top 300. Beware all you mums of Ottilies, this could happen to you!

I think it's a beautiful name. Love Eva too. Do not get why people compare it to Evie and Ellie, totally different sound and feel from those two names imo.

kerala Thu 23-May-13 06:56:56

Disagree mothering when I first got pregnant I was set on Olivia (like everyone else) thankfully clocked how over used it was so didn't use it. First time parents without much contact with young children don't realise what has become super popular. My 3 friends with Eve's wish they hadn't.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Thu 23-May-13 06:58:05

As others say, my immediate thought would be yawn, another.

bulletproofgerbil Thu 23-May-13 09:25:58

Beautiful name.

gerbilsarefun Thu 23-May-13 09:52:17

I'm a bit out of touch with popular baby names, my girls are 11 & 14 (one has a top ten name and one has a less popular name for her generation but still a classic). I like the name Ava, but then I'm a fan of classic names. smile. It's a name which would stand the test of time, great for a cute baby but still nice for a teen or a grown-up.

Norfolknway Thu 23-May-13 10:06:48

My neice. She is lovely grin

Linguaphile Thu 23-May-13 10:35:57

Overused, and that the parents probably thought they were picking something fresh and unique.


telsa Thu 23-May-13 13:57:44

good. pretty name which is elegant and simply and hard to shorten.

Pinkbeans Thu 23-May-13 14:12:13

Myleene Klass.

everlong Thu 23-May-13 14:19:27


I know the sweetest 2 year old called Ava.

Charleymouse Thu 23-May-13 16:04:42


cup of tea and a biscuit?

Ava Maria

Nice name, quite popular so a lot of people must think the same smile

Bluemonkeyspots Thu 23-May-13 20:02:47

Thanks everyone grin

As the baby names topic goes I think this has been a success!

I live in the arse end of nowhere and everyone is called Emma or Sam so I don't thing the whole "yawn, another one" will really apply to me.

lljkk Thu 23-May-13 20:20:34

yr4 girl we know with same name, her or Ava Gabor (Eva? one of them)

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 23-May-13 23:06:14

Fair enough Bluemonkey and if you love it, you should go for it.

But don't forget that name popularity is far greater than the area you live in. Ava is very popular where I am, and I'm 10s of 1000s of kilometres away from you - a whole nother hemisphere, in fact! wink

When you think of names like Joanne and Claire from our generation, you don't think, 'well, it was less popular in Village X, so it didn't date as much there as it did elsewhere'. The fact is, those names are intrinsically linked with 70s and 80s babies regardless, because they were so widely used then.

I'm only adding this opinion since this is a thread asking for opinions so I don't think it is unsolicited. Just something to think about, and if you decide you love it nonetheless, then it's clearly the name for you. smile

Raaraathenoisybaby Thu 23-May-13 23:11:05

Lovely but extremely popular

LittleMissLucy Fri 24-May-13 00:52:26

I like it a lot more than Eve. But friends of mine chose Eve over it as they thought Ava was reminiscent of Eva Braun....hmm


Then Myleene.

I don't actually know any Avas, oddly enough, although I know it's very popular nationally and I have children the right ages to theoretically be friends with dozens of Avas.

Fairylea Fri 24-May-13 09:11:56

Very, very popular! I know 4 babies called it !

buzzgirly Fri 24-May-13 10:06:08

My lovely dd!! I know it's high on popularity list but it all depends where you live. Dd is 4, and I'm still meet another one.

If you love it, go for wink

night1971 Fri 24-May-13 13:01:09

Will she be known as Ava B? Ava S? Small Ava? Blonde Ava? etc at school/nursery? She won't be the only one or two...

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