Meaning and name origin
Olivia \o-li-via\ as a girl's name is pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Olivia is "olive tree". Coined by Shakespeare as the name of a much-wooed aristocrat in his play "Twelfth Night" (1599). He may have derived the name from the olive plant, or as a feminine form of Oliver. Biblical: the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today, "extending an olive branch" traditionally signifies an offer of peace. Today, Olive is associated with Popeye's scrawny girlfriend, Olive Oyl. See also Olida. Singer Olivia Newton-John.
Olivia has 24 variant forms: Alivia, Liv, Liva, Livia, Livie, Livvie, Livvy, Olevia, Olia, Oliff, Oliffe, Oliva, Olive, Olivea, Oliveea, Oliveria, Olivet, Olivetta, Olivette, Olivija, Olivine, Olivya, Ollie and Olva.
Olivia is a very popular first name for females (#352 out of 4276, Top 8%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#55143 out of 88799, Top 62%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Olivia for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Olivia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Olivia (#2), Alivia (#214), Olive (#282), Livia (#666), Liv (#780), Ollie and Olevia. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Olinia. This name tends to be less commonly used than Olivia.