Behind the Name
Usage: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Czech, Bulgarian, Slovene, Russian
Latinate form of EVE, and a variant Russian transcription of YEVA.
From the Hebrew name Chavvah, which was derived from the Hebrew word chavah “to breathe” or the related word chayah “to live”. According to the Old Testament Book of Genesis Eve and Adam were the first humans. She gave the forbidden fruit to Adam, causing their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
Usage: French, Breton
Possibly a variant of GWENAËLLE, feminine form of GWENAËL. Means “blessed and generous” from Breton gwenn “white, fair, blessed” and hael “generous”. Saint Gwenhael was a 6th-century abbot of Brittany.
Green isn’t derived from an English name and is pronounced “grain” or “Greyne”, according to Eva herself. It doesn’t mean green, which is grön in Swedish. Instead, her last name comes from the Swedish word gren, which means (tree) branch.