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Eva (f) Also Eve, which is the English form of Latin
Eva. Both derive from a Hebrew name traditionally
explained as ‘life’ or ‘lively.’ But in earlier times Eva
was used in Scotland as a substitute for the Gaelic
Eubha, itself a form of an ancient Irish name, Aoife,
of unknown origin. Canon Murdoch rightly says in his
Introduction to The Loyall Dissuasive that formerly in
Highland families there was always an Eva ‘who had to
account for things unaccountable.’ The name constantly
occurs in the clan histories. Eva is now no longer a common name in Scotland, but when it is used, Eva is still slightly preferred to Eve.

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