What does Olivia mean?
Olivia \o-li-via\ 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.
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.
Olivia has 1 more different form via Olida: Oleta▼.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Olivia for girls. Olivia reached its top rank of #2 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Olivia and affiliated names. Popular varying forms of Olivia (#2 a year ago) are Alivia (#214 a year ago), Olive (#282), Livia (#666), Liv (#780), Alyvia (#922), Ollie, Oleta and Olevia. Adoption of these girl names is at its highest presently (usage of 0.3482%), except for the versions Oleta and Ollie which have become less fashionable. Olive (#282), Livia (#666), Olivia (#2) and Alivia (#214) are four of the more fashionable birth names here, and there is a rekindling in baby name popularity for Olive and Olivia. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
A suggested similar baby name is Olinia. This name tends to be less commonly used than Olivia.