Congratulations, you’ve found the perfect name for your little girl. Ava is a classic but popular baby name that has attracted parents for literally generations. Meaning, you’ve managed to find a unique name that will never go out of style.
Now, it’s time to choose your baby’s middle name! Sometimes choosing a middle name can be every bit as difficult as selecting a first name. Hopefully, this post makes your decision easier. Today, we’re going to cover some of the best middle names for Ava. Below you’ll find a few of my favorites, as well as the origin and meanings.
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How to Choose a Middle Name for Ava
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Picking out a name (middle or first) is tough! It’s easy to look through hundreds of baby name lists, but actually choosing? Sometimes it can feel impossible.
This section is going to help you choose a middle name for Ava. Now, if you don’t need help (just looking for a little inspiration), that’s totally cool. Feel free to breeze past this and check out the baby names below. But if you are having a tough time, this little tutorial is for you.
Why You Need a Middle Name
Are you on the fence about giving your baby a middle name? Let’s take a look at why your baby needs a middle name. This will most likely help you choose which one!
- More Namesakes: I don’t know about you, but I love giving my babies special names. I named my first daughter after a deceased family member, and my second after my favorite aunt. Middle names give you the opportunity to bless your child with a special namesake without compromising one of your personal favorite names. Plus, if you’re not a huge fan of a relative’s name, bestowing it as a middle name is a little easier to bite.
- Easily Identifiable: Ava is kind of a popular name right now, so there’s a good chance there will be a couple “Ava’s” in your daughter’s class. Not only does a middle name help your child’s teachers and classmates differentiate who is who, but it’ll help little Ava out later in life.
- Middle Names Can Be Nicknames: Love nicknames but not a huge fan of the potentials for Ava? A middle name can be the perfect solution! You can combine Ava with the first couple letters of her middle name to give her a unique middle name.
Things to Consider for a Middle Name
Your child’s initials can be a blessing and a curse. The right initials will amp up their cool-factor throughout elementary school…or be a constant source of humiliation.
Consider the initials of little Ava’s name before you finalize. Also keep in mind, you could use her initials as a nickname.
Most parents choose a middle name by the flow. The “it just sounds right” factor. Everyone has their own set of rules, but these are a few guidelines that I’ve found useful for choosing a middle name that flows well.
- Avoiding using two similar-sounding consonants. For example, avoid Kate Carrie.
- Do use differing syllable counts. E.g. Rose Marie.
- Avoid two names that sound too similar. For example, Marie Carrie.
- Consider the meaning of the overall name. For example, Katherine Isabel would mean pure and promised to God.
- Try names that end with the same letter but have different first letters and syllables. For example, Ava Isabella.
- Choose a name that has the same “feel”. For instance, Ava is old fashioned, Latin/German originated, and has biblical roots. Choosing a middle name with one of these themes will naturally help with the flow.
- Avoid hard-sounding consonants. This isn’t a definite rule but it seems like soft-sounding consonants sound better with Ava. Having said that, I included a few C’s and K’s below just in case they click for you.
- If you can’t decide, why not two?
About Ava: Different Ways to Spell Ava and Origin
We’re almost ready to choose your middle name! That’s so exciting! Last thing to consider: what Ava means and how you’re going to spell it.
Ava is actually a German variation of the Hebrew name, Eve, meaning “to live.” Having said that, some experts believe it could also stem from the Latin word, avis, which means bird.
It’s considered a classic biblical name with Latin and German origins, which makes it appeal to many different people.
Here’s a few ways you can spell Ava:
Best Middle Names for Ava
Are you ready to choose a middle name for your little girl? Most of the names below use a few of the guidelines we just talked about, but I threw in a couple that just sounded cool as well. You’ll also find the middle name’s origin and meaning.
I would write down all the names that even “kind of” sound cool, then whittled down the list later.
Old French. Noble
Old Norse. Beautiful Goddess
Hebrew. Can be a nickname for Elizabeth or Bethany. Bethany means “House of Affliction.” Elizabeth means “Promised to God.”
English. Thorny bush of wild roses.
Welsh. Strong or honorable. Considered a unisex name.
French. Free Man.
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English. (Latin word is Clarus). Clear, bright, or famous.
Old English. Daybreak.
Old English. Church Leader.
Gaelic. Originally an Irish surname. Essentially means, “black river.”
Hebrew. God is my Oath.
Latin. Loving. Considered an unisex name.
Norman French. Wished for Child. Actually a diminutive of Ava.
Hebrew. Female version of Gabriel. Messenger of God.
French. Woman of the Race. Originally, given to celtic women.
Latin. Referencing goodness and generosity.
Old French. This is one of my favorite middle names for Ava. I think the “f” sound of Fae compliments the “v” of Ava really well. Fae means loyalty or belief.
American. While this is an American baby name, it originated from the Latin word “fides,” meaning “confidence or trust.”
Italian. French man.
English. Player of the harp.
English. Desire of Fulfillment.
Italian. God is My Oath.
Hebrew. Feminine version of the name John. God is Gracious.
French. Love’s Child.
Can be used to represent several names.
Spanish. Helper to the Priest.
Nickname for Katherine.
Gaelic (originally). Anglicized name for Cinnéidigh. Helmeted chief.
Spanish. A latin version of Lily.
English. Clearing or Meadow.
Old German. Famous Warrior.
English. Woman of Magdala.
Greek, Hebrew, or Irish. If you choose the Greek namesake, Mae refers to the goddess of the harvest, Maia. Mae can also be a nickname for the Hebrew name Mary, which means “rebellious.” Finally, Mae can also be considered an Irish name that means “honest child.”
French. If you’re looking for a biblical middle name for Ava, look at Michelle. It means “who is like God?”
English. Yet another beautiful baby girl name with biblical origins. It means “birth of the Lord.”
Old French. Christmas.
Old German. Wealth.
English. This middle name for Ava doesn’t have a fancy meaning. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but it looks so good!
Latin. Referring to the name Prudence, which means, “of good judgement.”
This name is breaking theme, but it really has a great flow!
Irish. A unisex name meaning, “counsel.”
Hebrew (several origins). I’m of the opinion that Rae can go with just about anything. This middle name of Ava can be a nickname for the Hebrew name Rachel, which means Ewe.
English. A beautiful flower.
English. Precious stone.
English. Why not give Ava a rustic twist? Rylie means wood clearing.
Irish. Named after the river Severn. Could also mean Princess.
Spanish. Treeless plain.
English. Refers to the healing herb. Could also refer to a wise or intelligent person.
Latin. Lives in the valley.
Latin. Feminine version of Victor, which means “victory.”
English. Purple/blue flower.
Spanish. To harvest.
Greek. Gift of God.
English. Referring to the willow tree.
Old English. Friend.
Irish. Form of Sabrina.
Do You Have any Great Middle Names that Go With Ava?
There you have it! 70 names with Ava to add to your list. I hope one stuck out to you! If you’re still having a hard time choosing, I would write down 10, whittle away to 5, then bring your top 3 faves to your partner. Then, I would walk away for a couple weeks. Sometimes time is the best determinant!
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