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What does Olivia mean?

Olivia Pronunciation of Olivia [olivia] as a girls' 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.

Associated with: aristocrat (noble), play (opera), night (black), biblical, beauty, dignity (gracious), peace.


Olivia has 25 variants: Alivia, Alyvia, Liv, Liva, Livia, Livie, Livvie, Livvy, Olevia, Olia, Oliff, Oliffe, Oliva, Olive, Olivea, Oliveea, Oliveria, Olivet, Olivetta, Olivette, Olivija, Olivine, Olivya, Ollie and Olva.

1 more different relation via Olida: Oleta.

Creative forms:
(female) Odivia, Orivia, ..

(male) Oliri, Olival, ..

Middle name pairings:
Olivia Guinevere (O.G.), ..

How popular is Olivia?

Olivia is a very prominent first name for women (#352 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#41596 out of 150436, Top 28%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Olivia reached its top rank of #2 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular varying forms of Olivia (#2 via latest list) are Alivia (#214 via latest list), Olive (#264), Liv (#720), Livia (#723), Alyvia (#1029), Olivine, Ollie, Olevia, Oleta, Oliva and Olivette. Adoption of these forms of Olivia was widespread among parents in the year 2004 (adoption of 1.22%) and has remained as widespread to this day (adoption 1.18%, 3%), but with versions such as Oleta falling out of fashion. The trendier birth names in this list are Liv, Livia, Alyvia, Alivia and Olivia.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Olivia, Alivia, Alyvia, Liv, Livia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Oleta, Olevia, Oliva, Olive, Olivette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Olivine, Ollie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alcinia (see Alcina), Alesia, Aletia, Alia, Alicia, Alidia, Alisia, Alitia, Allia, Althia, Alvinia, Alycia, Amilia, Belicia, Belvia, Blaisia, Blasia, Brisia, Celicia, Cilia, Cilicia, Delicia, Efimia, Elicia, Elidia, Eligia, Elisia, Elissia, Ellia, Elvia, Emilia, Evia, Falicia, Flavia, Jinia, Kevia, Kicia, Kiria, Krisia, Lidia, Lyvia, Melicia, Novia, Odelia, Odila, Odilia, Ofilia, Olalla, Olesia, Olexa, Oliana, Olimpia, Olina, Olinda, Olinia, Olinija, Olisa, Olla, Olynda, Ondria, Onita, Ophilia, Orania, Oratia, Orazia, Orfia, Oriola, Orphia, Otylia, Silia, Tavia, Vinia, Vitia, Vivia and Zylvia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Olivia.

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