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Ava is a feminine given name derived from the name Eve, which is derived from the Hebrew word "chavah", meaning "life". Another source notes that there was a Frankish ninth century Saint Ava, whose name was probably derived from the Germanic root avi, meaning "desired", related to Evelyn, but the English Ava seems to date from the nineteenth century as a variant of Eva. It has also been used as an Anglicization of the Celtic name Aoife, which means "radiant". Ava is also a native Persian name, meaning "calling".