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Do you prefer Zoe or Ava?

(58 Posts)
anniebambammie Mon 30-Oct-17 13:10:49

DD2... sister to Annabel.
I know they are both popular but I guess we like what we like smile

Loyly Mon 30-Oct-17 13:11:22


Rainatnight Mon 30-Oct-17 13:11:35

I really like Ava.

I always think Zoe's a bit old fashioned/my generation (forties).

BigSandyBalls2015 Mon 30-Oct-17 13:11:40


milkmoustache Mon 30-Oct-17 13:12:44

Zoe. I am biased though, DD is Zoe and she likes having a slightly unusual name.

Chaffinch4 Mon 30-Oct-17 13:14:18


wobblywonderwoman Mon 30-Oct-17 13:14:25

I love Ava and I would have said Ava but I think Zoe goes will with Annabel

anniebambammie Mon 30-Oct-17 13:21:30

milkmoustache that's really interesting you said that re being unusual, where I am I am worried Zoe is becoming very 'common' (in the sense of being popular / not unusual)! Which doesn't bother me as I think it's just gorgeous!

anniebambammie Mon 30-Oct-17 13:22:50

Also interesting, Rainatnight! I only know little Zoes smile

bluechameleon Mon 30-Oct-17 13:23:24

Zoe. It's lovely and you'd avoid duplicating initials.

RavenWings Mon 30-Oct-17 13:23:35

Zoe. I teach, there are a zillion Avas (and Eva), but have yet to teach a Zoe.

Borntoflyinfirst Mon 30-Oct-17 13:25:16


I like Ava but it’s more popular and I’ve always loved Zoe.

Crackednips Mon 30-Oct-17 13:26:11

Ava. Zoe is horrid

IVflytrap Mon 30-Oct-17 13:29:17

Zoe. Ava is everywhere, she'll be one of several. Plus as someone with the same initial as my sibling, I think it's better for siblings to have different initials.

daveyfish Mon 30-Oct-17 13:33:07

Zoe, I love Zoe, strong and simple and always cool to have a name that starts with a Z. Very few little Zoes at school round here, two at our large primary and none in my brownie pack in the last 5 years. There are lots and lots of Avas and Evas and Eves and Evies.

NameChange30 Mon 30-Oct-17 13:37:24

Zoe. Goes well with Annabel.

I like Ava but I wouldn't give children the same initial, especially not if they are the same sex. It's a minor thing but might get annoying to have post addressed to "Miss A Surname" and not know who it was for.

BernardBlacksHangover Mon 30-Oct-17 13:51:34

I prefer Ava, but do know loads of them. Zoe is nice too.

DiegoMadonna Mon 30-Oct-17 13:52:23

Ava for sure.

anniebambammie Mon 30-Oct-17 13:53:38

Can you believe the same initial as sibling thing hadn't even occurred to me! blush such a good point!!

TempsPerdu Mon 30-Oct-17 13:55:56

Zoe for me, but it’s my name so I’m biased - I love being a Zoe! smile I think it’s more classic and will date better than Ava, which is mega popular at the moment (#5 in 2016, whereas Zoe was ranked ninety-something I think). Also avoids any confusion with two A initials.

I do come across the odd Zoe in the classes I teach, but it’s by no means one of the most common names at the moment.

BewareOfTheToddler Mon 30-Oct-17 14:04:40

I think I prefer Ava but only just - they're both lovely. Depends on whether you want them to have the same initial - you might prefer not to have to play guessing games about which Miss A Smith the letter is for when they're older (assuming people still send letters then grin)

AnyaMoondial Mon 30-Oct-17 14:07:39

Zoe is my favourite.

anniebambammie Mon 30-Oct-17 14:16:25

Thanks everyone, your opinions much appreciated! Based on the initial thing, and the name Ava always being lumped with Eve/Evie in popularity, I think I'm leaning towards Zoe.
(I also just googled Ava with the middle name Lauren, as that's what we would have chosen.... let's just say it didn't end well and I think that probably solves that grin )

Lunathemoon Mon 30-Oct-17 14:37:39

Ava is number 4 in the charts so is actually far more popular than Evie(16)/Eva(30)/Eve (not even top 100!😱)
Zoe isn't top 100 either so go for that if you don't want popular smile

Lunathemoon Mon 30-Oct-17 14:38:07

Tell a lie...Zoe is number 92!

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