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Is Ava TOO popular?

(60 Posts)
CrimsonRed Wed 13-Mar-13 10:48:29

My husband and I only have one name we both like for our little girl... Ava.

Only problem is it seems to be very popular in the last 5 - 10yrs, not only in the UK - but US and Australia.

We don't know any Avas at all.

Do you think it's too popular to use? Also what is a good middle name with Ava? My husband like Ava Elizabeth, but I don't...

TIA smile

NandH Wed 13-Mar-13 10:57:26

I like ava smile don't know any ava's! Ava Elizabeth goes really nicely !!

HollyGoHeavily Wed 13-Mar-13 10:58:48

I know a lot of little Ava's - it's a beautiful, classic name smile

grabaspoon Wed 13-Mar-13 10:59:08

I know 1 ava aged 21

Babybeesmama Wed 13-Mar-13 11:01:12

I like Ava, but it is quite popular. If our DS had been a girl he would've been aoife, love that name x

ConfuzzledMummy Wed 13-Mar-13 11:02:31

My daughter is Ava Mae :-)

everlong Wed 13-Mar-13 11:03:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CrimsonRed Wed 13-Mar-13 11:16:12

I'm not that keen on Elizabeth as the middle name, as my husband's best friend's daughter is Elizabeth...

I think his wife will be unhappy if we use it. I suppose I could always ask her...

HorribleMother Wed 13-Mar-13 11:22:41

I only know one, she's 8.

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 13-Mar-13 11:24:50

My DD is nearly two and there are Avas in many baby groups and her nursery. But nothing wrong with having a popular name is there? (DD has a very popular name).

CrimsonRed Wed 13-Mar-13 11:35:24

I'm not sure... I grew up with a unusual name. I had a love hate relationship with it, but in the end - I quiet like it.

My oldest daughter has an old fashioned name, but it's not in the 'most popular range'.

I like names that are strong and not too prissy sounding...

Other names we like are Olivia (too popular) and Ivy (my Dh likes this one more than me). But we don't like either as much as Ava.

My DH doesn't like the variations of Ava either (Avery, Avy, etc).

WormCanner Wed 13-Mar-13 11:47:28


BigSpork Wed 13-Mar-13 11:57:30

What is popular is very regional - don't know any Avas here (the only thing close are a couple of fictional Avaline/Avelines in popular stories) but there are a lot of Scarletts. My kids have varying degrees of popularity (Most popular is always in the top 30, least popular won't have 30 kids named total for 5+ years of naming) and it hasn't made much of a difference. Go with what you like - Ava is a very strong name.

CrimsonRed Thu 14-Mar-13 09:47:20

What do people think of Vienna? DH just threw it out there...

Too trendy sounding or ok? (Afterall I'm not a celebrity. LOL)

WormCanner Thu 14-Mar-13 17:57:24

Ultravox and Rigsby's cat smile

besides which, people will make assumptions grin

MidnightMasquerader Thu 14-Mar-13 18:04:03

Ava is a lovely name, but will undoubtedly sound very dated in a few years' time due to its popularity.

Vienna is the name of a city. As a person's name it lacks substance, IMO.

PuffPants Thu 14-Mar-13 18:06:58

Very popular, Mylene Klass started it!

Of course, you should call your child a name you love.

LillianGish Thu 14-Mar-13 18:07:11

It means nothing to me

MidnightMasquerader Thu 14-Mar-13 19:01:32

Myleene Klass picked up on it in the middle of the zeitgeist; she didn't start it!

hufflepup Thu 14-Mar-13 19:16:12

I like it, it's really pretty. Who cares if it's popular at the moment. Go for it

frutilla Thu 14-Mar-13 19:33:03

This site says it's number 11 on the popularity list...

frutilla Thu 14-Mar-13 19:33:28

SilentMammoth Thu 14-Mar-13 19:35:49

Yes popular, but absolutely lovely too!

PuffPants Thu 14-Mar-13 19:36:17

Ok, maybe she didn't start it as a worldwide trend but it was the first time I'd heard it used (in recent times - I know she didn't invent it!) and I think celebs massively influence people in things like baby names. It seemed to me that the name popped up everywhere AFTER her daughter was born, not before.

SilentMammoth Thu 14-Mar-13 19:36:52

Vienna, otoh, atrocious. As a name that is. As a mini break destination it's delightful.

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