National Eva Day is on December 25 each year. If there’s one thing you should know about Eva: she’s more than a pretty name. She’s an all-around amazing person! Many people around the world revere her as the first woman to walk the earth. In Scotland and Ireland, her name symbolizes all that is radiant. We’re inclined to agree with everyone, because life is much more beautiful whenever we’re around you, Eva.
History of National Eva Day
The roots of the name Eva lie in the Hebrew word ‘chawah,’ which means “to breathe,” where ‘breath’ signifies the beginning of life and possibilities. Eva is also a derivative of the Latin Eve, the woman Abrahamic religions consider the first woman God created. Like most other names, Eva has undergone several transformations over time. She’s Ava in some countries, Evita and Evie in others. No matter the era or location, the essence of Eva remains the same — someone who lives a full, vibrant life.
Eva has always been a popular name for girls in America, thanks largely to literature. In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” captured people’s hearts and imaginations. While there’s so much to love about the bestselling novel, little angelic Eva, or Evangeline, quickly became everyone’s favorite character. The delicate Eva tugged at the heartstrings of a Victorian reading public. She was a saintly figure whose purpose was to spread kindness. Eva symbolized sacrifice and love. Her message resonated deeply with an overwhelming Christian audience at the time. Unsurprisingly, the name Eva rose in popularity after the novel came out. By 1989, Eva was number 31 on the list of popular names in the United States. Over in Argentina, former actor and beloved First Lady Evita Perón was winning hearts and inspiring baby names as early as 1946.
After a brief lull, the name Eva rose to prominence again in the early 2000s. As the sultry Gabrielle Solis in “Desperate Housewives,” Eva Longoria became a pop culture phenomenon. Traditionalists mourned the loss of “pure” Eva, while the modern world welcomed the new Eva — a breath of fresh air.
National Eva Day timeline
The ‘Book of Genesis’ describes how and why God created Eve — the first woman on Earth.
Evita “Eva” Peron is born to a poor family in Los Toldos, Argentina.
Eva Green leaves a lasting impression as Vesper Lynd in “Casino Royale.”
Despite several highs and lows, the name Eva reaches number 124 on the list of best baby names.
National Eva Day FAQs
How is ‘Eva’ pronounced?
In English-speaking countries, the accepted pronunciation is ‘Eee-Vah,’ with the stress on the first syllable. Other places may pronounce it as ‘Eh-vah.’
Is Eva a popular girl’s name?
Eva consistently features in the top 100 best names for girls in the U.S. In 2011, the name peaked at 73, although it has declined in popularity since.
What was Eve's purpose?
According to the “Bible,” God created Eve as a companion for Adam. He meant for Adam and Eve to populate the Earth.
National Eva Day Activities
Make Eva’s day
Declare your love for Eva today. Do it the traditional way with flowers, chocolates, or a lovely handwritten note. Or make it extra special with a heartfelt post or story about Eva on Instagram.
Plan a day around Eva
Binge-watch “Desperate Housewives” or “Killing Eve.” You could also watch a documentary on Eva Perón. The possibilities are endless!
Appreciate the little things
Embody the spirit behind the name and embrace life — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Today’s perfect to smell the roses or try something you’ve always wanted.
5 Facts About Eva Perón That Will Blow Your Mind
She grew up poor
Peron was born out of wedlock to a father who already had another family.
She met Juan Perón
The two met at a fundraiser for the victims and survivors of the 1944 earthquake in San Juan.
She shattered glass ceilings
Peron not only campaigned with her husband but unofficially managed the Ministries of Health and Labor as well.
She led Argentina’s Women Suffrage movement
Peron relentlessly campaigned for women’s right to vote and run for office in Argentina.
She was the people’s First Lady
Peron established the Eva Perón Foundation to combat poverty and disease for Argentinian workers.
Why We Love National Eva Day
Imagine walking up to an unsuspecting Eva and her expression while you shower her with compliments. Way to make someone’s day!
A testament to individuality
Eva’s evolution through history shows us that you can be whoever you want to be. Being known for something special is excellent; redefining the self and priorities as one changes is even better.
Multitudes are everything
There may be thousands of Evas out there yet each one is wholly unique, making the world better the best way they know how. That’s something to celebrate.
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