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Is Ava TOO popular?

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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

YerAWizardHarry Mon 03-Jul-17 20:24:09


YerAWizardHarry Mon 03-Jul-17 20:23:53

There are loads round here but are generally Ava-Mae, Ava-Leigh, Ava-Ross (you get the idea)

FenellaMaxwellsPony Mon 03-Jul-17 20:14:30

ZOMBIE - little Vienna is 4 now, people!

SuperBeagle Mon 03-Jul-17 20:13:15

I know a few Avas around the age of 5-7 now, but no babies. I think a few people might've been deterred by its popularity so haven't used it over the last few years. My best friend was going to use Ava but was put off by the popularity.

If you love it, use it.

Castlelough Mon 03-Jul-17 17:36:59

I have a little 4mo Ava. Here in Ireland Ava was in the top 10 last year, which I didn't know when we settled on it. I love it, think it is very pretty and yet old and classic. We haven't met any other baby Ava although there are three (aged 7-12) in the school I teach in. Everyone is very complimentary about it.

Oh and we went for Ava Christina after dmil.

friedegs Sun 02-Jul-17 19:23:18




bridgetreilly Sun 02-Jul-17 16:54:03

I honestly don't think using the name of your husband's friend's daughter as your daughter's middle name should be a problem for anyone unless they are completely bonkers precious. Especially not when it's such a normal name as Elizabeth.

Ava Elizabeth is a lovely name. No need to overthink it.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 01-Jul-17 16:27:09

Ava is popular but lovely !
Ava Rose
Ava Marie
I like Vienna, it's pretty, also Sienna.
Go with the name you love OP.😄

KoolKoala07 Sat 01-Jul-17 15:07:53

Zombie thread.

BewareOfDragons Sat 01-Jul-17 15:02:30

Ava is wildly popular. I have met quite a few.

Vienna is a great city but a terrible name for a little girl.


Itsnotwhatitseems Sat 01-Jul-17 14:59:38

ranked 5 now

LizzieVereker Sun 17-Mar-13 23:49:14

I think Ava is lovely. And in 12 years teaching in London I've never taught a single one, so not too popular round these parts.

anonymosity Sun 17-Mar-13 23:43:17

Quite a few of my friends who had babies before me chose this name, or Eve or Mia about 10 yrs ago. It was very popular then, not so sure about now. I like Eva as a name and always have.

birdofthenorth Sun 17-Mar-13 20:21:54

I know 4 aged under 3 and 2 Eva's as well. These things are sometimes very localised but I'd say Ava was one of THE most popular girls names near me (Manchester). It is a very beautiful name though and obviously not quite as popular everywhere as it was no 9 in the 2012 baby names chart rather than, say, top 3.

Gwennan Sun 17-Mar-13 10:59:33

We have an Ava in my family; she's 5 and one of 2 in her class at school.

MiaowTheCat Sun 17-Mar-13 10:50:06

"I predict Ada will be the next in the trend along with Alice (they are just coming through) so might be alternatives."

Brownie pack of 16 kids... FIVE Alices.

drownangels Sat 16-Mar-13 11:30:44

Sorry about my bonkers post! There was glare only screen so didn't check the autocorrect!

drownangels Sat 16-Mar-13 11:28:36

The only Available knowofismy DH's ex girlfriend from about 25 years ago.
She is nice so it hasn't put me off the name.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Sat 16-Mar-13 11:26:41

I have an Ava, she is nine. When she was born I had loads of lovely comments about how unusual it was. Fast forward a decade and there are millions! Pick the name you love - you can't guarantee it won't "do an Ava" anyway! It was outside the top 200 when I had dd.

PuppyMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 11:17:58

Which reminds me, had a mate once who always used to say after someone said "Ava Gardner" "ave you, is he any good?"

We had a laugh in them days.

Carry on.blush

PuppyMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 11:14:55

We know an Ava of nearly 6. Only one, so not too bad IMHO. Notts/Derbyshire.

God, I hope it's in honour of Ava Gardner, the gorgeous film star, and not after Mylene Sodding Klass's kid. grinhmm

CruCru Sat 16-Mar-13 11:09:44

I know one Ava who is a cat. It is a nice name; perhaps people think of it as super popular because they lump in all the Ava/Eve/Evie/Ella/Ellie type names together (which I tend to).

MidnightMasquerader Thu 14-Mar-13 23:34:41

My Dad's friend in South Carolina's grand-daughter was called Ava a few years before Myleene sprogged so it feels to me like it's been around for ages.

But yeah, it probably 'emigrated' from the US where it was picked up on first, which makes sense, given that the most famous one is American!

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 14-Mar-13 23:22:08

I don't know any. Any I'm sure Myleene copied from Reese Witherspoon

MidnightMasquerader Thu 14-Mar-13 23:11:44

That's the thing about Ava - even though it may 'only' be No. 11 in the charts, it's part of the whole Eve/Eva/Evie/Evelyn/Evangeline trend and so gets lumped in with these names, making it seem way more prevalent than it probably is. And will add to the dating factor.

Not a problem if popularity doesn't bother you, though.

My own name is one of these names - hugely popular with babies now (although disastrously old-lady when I was given it in the 70s) and there's several different ways to spell it, so by the time you add up all the variations, the result is an overly popular name which will date. Very, very cyclical, my name....

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