Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Haven

Haven is an English vocabulary word, a noun that means “a place of shelter, safety” or a “refuge”. In Olde English the word hæfen was used to signify a haven, port or harbor, from the root element “hæf” meaning “sea”. Originally used to describe a harbor, or safe place for ships to anchor or dock, the word “haven” acquired its figurative meaning of “refuge” by the 12th century. Today when we use the word haven we’re exclusively referring to a protective place (as in a haven for wildlife). A haven is a place where people or animals can rest and flourish without the impediments of negative or hostile outside elements. As a female given name, Haven was probably coined in the same way that Heaven came to be used (or Eden or Zion for that matter). These are more symbolic place names rather than geographical ones. They connote a sense of peace and safety which are positive qualities any parent might wish for their beloved baby. Haven’s usage as a baby girl’s name is currently restricted to North America (the United States and Canada). It is sometimes, although rarely, bestowed on baby boys.

All About the Baby Name – Haven

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME HAVEN

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME HAVEN

Haven first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1996 and jumped up to levels of pretty low moderation. It seems that’s where Haven is parking herself, at least for now. Although now that high-profile actress-turned-mother Jessica Alba named her second baby daughter Haven in 2011 we might see a good little boost in usage in the coming years. Alba’s name choice for her baby girl was more than just a pretty name. When little Haven was delivered into this world she was still inside mama’s amniotic sac (a rare event). Alba’s husband remarked that their new baby “was born in her safe haven” and right then, the name clicked! You have to admit, it’s a pretty meaningful story and a cute one at that. Haven is a serenely beautiful name without the religiosity of Heaven. Plus, it’s only given to about 500 baby girls per year, so it remains an underused and original choice.

Quick Facts

ON HAVEN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

372

PRONUNCIATION:

HAY-vin

SIMPLE MEANING:

Safe place; Sea port

Characteristics

OF HAVEN

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Haven

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HAVEN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Haven

Popular Songs

ON HAVEN

Breath of Haven
a song by Vince Gill

Famous People

NAMED HAVEN

Haven Gaston (model)
Haven Gillespie (composer/lyricist)
Haven Moses (football player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HAVEN

Jessica Alba;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HAVEN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Haven