About Abby Sandel

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  1. My name is Dava also pronounced Day-va. My faters name is David. I do love it not only does it mean beloved, it’s also rare. People always question how to say it.

  2. My name is Dava prounounced Day Va and I love it. I have never met anyone with the same name

  3. I was just googling for info on this name and landed here. Love the name Dava (pronounced DAY vah). It strikes me a sophisticated and smart. I am very surprised that this name has never been popular. It’s so easy to say and has no outright offensive or harsh sounds. I think she would fit right in with the names of today while still holding her own.

  4. I must admit, I quite like this, I also like Davida and Davina. Oddly enough, I have never been a fan of David.

  5. Looking over the list, I really don’t think I like any of the David-on-a-girl names. Maybe it’s because I’ve never met anyone by any of those names, maybe it’s because they all seem like they’re trying too hard — I dunno.

    But I do agree that Dava is one of the better options.

  6. I had a professor whose daughter’s name was Dannah. It feels similar to me–she was always claiming it was “Hannah” with a “D”.

  7. Hmmm… I personally prefer the DAH vah pronunciation you mentioned. That said, I’m not a big fan in general – it’s fine but it doesn’t really float my boat.