The most notable Ava to have existed so far has to be the American actress Ava Gardner. However, the name dates back to medieval times, when it was first recorded as a variant of the Biblical name ‘Hava’ which means lively. Others believe that Ava has Germanic roots, coming from the word aval, which means “guarantee.”
Some think it originates from the Latin Avis, meaning “bird” or “birdlike.” Ava Gardner is not the only famous Ava out there. There is Ava Allan, who we know from “True Jackson VP,” Ava Kolker from “American Horror Story” and of course Ava Michelle, the beloved model, actress, and incredibly talented dancer.
Gertrude is a name we haven't heard in a long, long time! This is no surprise since its heyday was back in the 1880s. While it's not nearly as popular now, it is unique as only 29 girls were named Gertrude in 2021! That's one out of every 61,362 babies born. It is a rare name, and the nickname 'Gertie' is just too adorable!
Now you'll be surprised how many known people were named Gertrude when born, and somewhere along the way, their names changed. Elizabeth Anscombe was originally named Gertrude, Ma Rainey was born Gertrude Pridgett, and Luna Vachon is actually Miss Gertrude.
This name has been neglected for almost a hundred years! It was most popular in the 1910s. Let's face it, the name Louisa used to be associated with ladies at your parent's bingo club, but maybe it's time to change that. Let's not forget the amazing American novelist, best known as the author of the novel "Little Women," Louisa May Alcott.
The name originates from the Latin word for warrior, so why not restore the name to its former glory? So besides "Little Women's" creator, which other famous Louisa do we know? There's Louisa Adama, a writer, and First Lady, there's Louisa Rose Allen, a singer-songwriter; and there is Louisa Wall, one of the most famous women in the New Zealand Parliament.
Now we must confuse Lillian, or Lilian, with Lily. One is not the shorter (or longer) version of the other, and they are completely different names. Ask any Lily or Lilian you know. The name has fascinating meanings in English, German, and Hebrew and supposedly means innocence and youth. It symbolizes a flower and is associated with softness and tranquility.
As for the famous Lilians, there is the legendary Lilian Roth, and Lilian Gish who was titled The First Woman of American Cinema back in the early days of the 20th century. Lillian Disney was an American artist who spent her days creating animation at Disney Studios.
The name Annabelle goes back many years. It has Hebrew origins like many other names on this list, so it can be found in Biblical scripts. Some claim it originates from French. Either way, after years of keeping low, Annabelle is making a comeback, and a new generation of Belles is being born.
It means beauty and grace, perfectly fitting the woman who carries it. Annabelle Stephenson is probably one of the most popular ones, best known for her role as Sara Munello in the TV show, "Revenge." Many babies who are named Annabelle over time turn into Anna or Bella, however, we prefer sticking to the original version.