The name Nova is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "new". Nova is a name that has the feel of both newness, from his meaning, and great energy from being an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades. Nova had some reasonable degree of popularity at the turn of the last century and into the early 1930's and is now making a comeback. Nova Pilbeam, the star of one of Hitchcock's early British films, had family ties to Nova Scotia. Other ties: the long-running science TV show and the finest kind of lox.