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What does Liv mean?

Liv Pronunciation of Liv [liv] as a girls' name is pronounced liv, leev. It is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Liv is "defense". Also short form of Olivia. Made familiar by actress Liv Ullman. Actress Liv Tyler.

Associated with: norse.


9 different relations via Olivia: Liva, Livia, Livie, Livvie, Livvy, Olia, Oliva, Olive and Olva.

Creative forms:
(female) Lice, Lle, ..

(male) Limo, Lire, ..

Middle name pairings:
Liv Alaia (L.A.), ..

How popular is Liv?

Liv is a rare first name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#56979 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Liv was first listed in 2004 and reached its top rank of #720 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Liv name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Liv outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Liv (#720 a year ago) are Olivia (#2 a year ago), Olive (#264), Livia (#723) and Oliva. Other variants, like Livie, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Liv was at its highest in the year 2004 (median #1336) and is almost as widespread today (#741, 8.2%). Liv, Livia and Olivia are three of the more chic girl names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Liv, Livia, Oliva, Olive, Olivia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Liv, Livia, Olive, Olivia outside U.S.

Similar Names

Liv is pronounced similarly to Love. Other suggested similar names are Lia, Lib, Lil, Lin, Lis, Livy, Liz, Viv and Ziv. These names tend to be more commonly used than Liv.