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Olivia Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Olivia is of Latin origin.

The meaning of Olivia is "olive tree".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 2  in baby name popularity for girls with 19674 occurrences.  It ranked 4468 in popular baby names for boys with 22 occurrences. 

View the Olivia Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Olivia has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Olivia to other names.


Coined by Shakespeare, the character Olivia appeared in his play "Twelfth Night" (1599). Shakespeare may have derived the name from the olive tree, a feminine form of Oliver, or the medieval form of the name.

Bubbly and bright, the name Olivia did not start to see true popularity until the 20th century where it was the name of a character in the popular TV series The Waltons.

The name has remained in the public eye due to popularity of stars like Olivia de Havilland and Olivia Newton-John.

Olivia has spiked in popularity in the U.S. in recent years and could potentially be on its way to the number one spot.

Another classic, feminine name, Olivia is sure to be adorned by only the sweetest of little girls.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Olivia include Alivia.

The names Alivya, Alyvia, Olivie, Oliwia are all forms of Olivia.

Olivia has the diminutives (nicknames) Livvy, Lyvia, Oli, Ollie.

Other Tidbits

Olivia falls into the tree name category.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Olivia in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Olivia.

Just for fun, see the name Olivia in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Olivia in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

Keep in mind how popular a name is. Your child may feel that they fit in more with a more popular name. On the other hand, they may feel more special if their name is less popular and more uniquely their own. As you see it can go both ways, so just keep this point in mind as you examine the different possibilities.

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