Of Hebrew origin.
Derives from Ḥawwāh, meaning “living one” or “source of life”, and is related to ḥāyâ, meaning “to live”.
It is a name with a great religious significance in the Christian, Judeo and Muslim tradition.
In the Latin translation of the New Testament is referred as Eva.
According to the Abrahamic religions she was the first woman and the female companion of Adam, the first man.
It was used as a first name in England during the 12th century.
Eve is also associated with the Gaelic name “Aoife” that means “shining” or “radiant”.
Alternative forms of the name are: Ève, Evie, Evita, Eveleen, Hawa, Evvie, Yeva, Evelia, Havva.
Eva is the most popular of the two forms of the name.
Famous bearers are Eva Mendes, Eva Perón, Eva Longoria, Eva Marie Saint, Eva Green, Eva Gabor, Eva Herzigova, Eva Amurri, Eva Habermann, Eve Plumb, Ève Peyrieux, Eve Hewson, Eve Gordon, Eve Best.
Eva is a popular name in Iceland, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Greece, New Zealand and France.
Actress Eva Marie Saint has played two great lead roles in the film history.
In 1954 she starred in Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” with Marlon Brando.
In 1959 she played the role of Eve Kendall in Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest” with Cary Grant.
She is greatly appreciated among film aficionados. You may enjoy a short video dedicated to her career through an interesting photographic array: