I have many names. My “proper” name is Margaret. My nickname and my initials are Meg- Margaret Elizabeth Geary. When I went to middle school I told friends and teachers my name was Margaret. That was short lived. Family nicknames include Maggot (from my oldest brother), Mick and Micky and Meggy.
Ava is a name I would choose. Research says that the word may be from the Latin “avis,” meaning “bird.” It could also be a short form of the name Chava (“life” or “living one”). To me it is a stately name.
It is a name that would give me confidence. More of a take charge personality with grace. I am short, but I feel the name Ava is for someone who presents as being tall, almost statuesque.