Nova

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17k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nova

"Nova" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "New". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖No"va
A star which suddenly increases in brightness thousands of times, then fades back to near its original intensity. It may appear as a “new” star if its original brightness was too low for routine observation. A star which suddenly increases in brightness to many millions of times its original intensity is a supernova, and the postulated mechanisms for the increases of brightness of novae and supernovae are different.

Note: The most important modern novæ are: ‖No"va Co*ro"næ Bo`re*a"lis 1866]; ‖No"va Cyg"ni 1876]; ‖No"va An*dro"me*dæ 1885]; ‖No"va Au*ri"gæ 1891-92]; ‖No"va Per"se*i 1901]. There are two novæ called Nova Persei. They are: A small nova which appeared in 1881. An extraordinary nova which appeared in Perseus in 1901. It was first sighted on February 22, and for one night (February 23) was the brightest star in the sky. By July it had almost disappeared, after which faint surrounding nebulous masses were discovered, apparently moving radially outward from the star at incredible velocity.

Etymology: L., fem. sing. of novus new

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A star that ejects some of its material in the form of a cloud and becomes more luminous in the process
Wiktionary

From Latin nova (“new”)

  1. A female given name.

Abbreviation of Nova Scotia.

  1. (uncountable) Smoked Nova Scotia salmon.

    Nova was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Nova

    Nova Spivack is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author. Nova was born on June 5th, 1969 in Boston.

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    Nova Peris is a Senator for the Northern Territory. Her ongoing career started in 2013. Nova was born on February 25th, 1971 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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    Nova Pilbeam was an actress. Nova was given the name Nova Margery Pilbeam on November 15th, 1919 in Wimbledon, London, England. She left this life on July 17th, 2015.

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    Nova Villa is an actress and comedian. Her ongoing career started in 1963. Nova was given the name Novelita Villanueva Gallegos on April 16th, 1947 in Quezon City.

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    Nova Miller is a musician. Nova was given the name Astrid Fanny Granström .

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nova

    Aldo Nova is a hard rock, glam metal, and heavy metal music singer-songwriter, musician, producer, magician, and record producer. He plays Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1981. Aldo was given the name Aldo Caporuscio on November 13th, 1956 in Montreal. Aldo is also known as Aldo Nova.

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    Iván Nova is a baseball player for the New York Yankees. Iván was born on January 12th, 1987 in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic.

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    Cassandra Nova is a comics character.

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    Heather Nova is an alternative rock singer-songwriter. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She was most active from 1990 to present. Heather was given the name Heather Allison Frith on July 6th, 1967 in Bermuda.

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    Anna was born on June 5th, 1975 in East Berlin.

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    How popular is the baby name Nova in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 5 0 5
    1885 12 12 0
    1886 7 7 0
    1887 6 6 0
    1888 15 15 0
    1889 12 12 0
    1890 15 15 0
    1891 13 13 0
    1892 20 20 0
    1893 9 9 0
    1894 18 18 0
    1895 20 20 0
    1896 24 24 0
    1897 18 18 0
    1898 30 30 0
    1899 20 20 0
    1900 29 29 0
    1901 23 23 0
    1902 18 18 0
    1903 21 21 0
    1904 24 24 0
    1905 30 30 0
    1906 27 27 0
    1907 32 32 0
    1908 36 36 0
    1909 39 39 0
    1910 32 32 0
    1911 41 36 5
    1912 54 54 0
    1913 64 59 5
    1914 47 47 0
    1915 77 69 8
    1916 88 81 7
    1917 90 85 5
    1918 79 79 0
    1919 96 87 9
    1920 123 111 12
    1921 96 91 5
    1922 97 86 11
    1923 85 80 5
    1924 101 89 12
    1925 100 94 6
    1926 80 75 5
    1927 77 77 0
    1928 84 84 0
    1929 109 104 5
    1930 80 75 5
    1931 82 75 7
    1932 73 73 0
    1933 58 58 0
    1934 78 78 0
    1935 72 72 0
    1936 56 56 0
    1937 60 53 7
    1938 74 68 6
    1939 49 49 0
    1940 44 44 0
    1941 35 35 0
    1942 48 42 6
    1943 47 39 8
    1944 29 29 0
    1945 27 27 0
    1946 38 33 5
    1947 34 34 0
    1948 49 44 5
    1949 42 42 0
    1950 29 29 0
    1951 33 33 0
    1952 33 33 0
    1953 25 25 0
    1954 27 27 0
    1955 39 39 0
    1956 31 31 0
    1957 32 26 6
    1958 19 19 0
    1959 21 21 0
    1960 34 34 0
    1961 23 23 0
    1962 50 50 0
    1963 72 72 0
    1964 50 50 0
    1965 35 35 0
    1966 38 38 0
    1967 35 35 0
    1968 29 29 0
    1969 36 36 0
    1970 51 51 0
    1971 52 46 6
    1972 58 58 0
    1973 48 48 0
    1974 59 53 6
    1975 57 57 0
    1976 70 65 5
    1977 85 85 0
    1978 56 56 0
    1979 76 70 6
    1980 71 66 5
    1981 53 53 0
    1982 57 50 7
    1983 36 36 0
    1984 36 36 0
    1985 38 38 0
    1986 26 26 0
    1987 20 20 0
    1988 19 19 0
    1989 22 16 6
    1990 30 25 5
    1991 20 20 0
    1992 11 11 0
    1993 21 21 0
    1994 19 19 0
    1995 22 22 0
    1996 29 24 5
    1997 48 38 10
    1998 63 54 9
    1999 65 55 10
    2000 74 66 8
    2001 105 86 19
    2002 104 91 13
    2003 112 99 13
    2004 136 114 22
    2005 124 103 21
    2006 128 105 23
    2007 168 145 23
    2008 204 176 28
    2009 273 231 42
    2010 254 217 37
    2011 336 295 41
    2012 522 459 63
    2013 642 563 79
    2014 1,234 1,130 104
    2015 1,650 1,521 129
    2016 2,428 2,278 150
    2017 3,256 3,026 230 #95 girl name

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    Popularity of Nova as a first name

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    Popularity of Nova as a last name

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    Common last names for Nova

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Miller
    • Jones
    • Davis
    • Moore
    • Wilson
    • Taylor
    • White
    • Brown
    • Scott
    • Mitchell

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Nova U.S.
      White 20.59% 64.26%
      African American 0.82% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.66% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.68% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 74.59% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Nova

    People with the last name Nova are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Nova

    • What name lists does Nova rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Nova? Nova is the 1,832nd most popular name of all time. In 2017 Nova was the 95th most popular name. As a last name Nova was the 10,886th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Nova have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,977 babies born with the first name Nova in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nova to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nova? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Nova first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nova is Friday, September 8th, 1871.
    • What year had the most people named Nova born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nova was in 2017 with a total of 3,026 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nova!
    • Random Nova Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nova ranks 101st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 62 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 2017.
    • Weird things about the name Nova: Your name in reverse order is Avon. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Naov. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Nova? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,928 people with the last name Nova.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nova? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nova as their last name since less than 1 person in 101k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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