Origin : Latin

olive tree

The name Olivia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree". Olivia is one of the top US baby names as well as a popular girls' name in English-speaking and European countries around the world. Records of the name Olivia exist from as far back as 13th century England, but the name was popularized after Shakespeare used it for the name of the countess in Twelfth Night. Olivia is based off of the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive.” In ancient Greece, the olive was a symbol of Athena as well as a token of peace and fertility, and olive wreaths were awarded to the winners at the Olympic games. Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is one of the top girls' names in the world. Like her sisters Isabella and Sophia, Olivia is a megapopular name not only in the US but in the UK, Australia, Canada, and throughout the Western World. Olivia is currently the Number 2 name for baby girls in the US, and could be heading towards the very top of the list—so don't say we didn't warn you. It's the undisputed queen of the only four girl names starting with O in the US Top 1000. In the UK, Olivia was the recent Number 1 girls' name in tandem with twin brother Oliver at the top of the charts. It is still the top girls' name in Canada and Number 4 in both Australia and Scotland. Olivia has been a popular starbaby name for fifteen years, and has also been a well-used TV character name, such as in Olivia Benson on Law & Order SVU and the recent powerful lead Olivia Pope on Scandal. Golden Age star Olivia de Havilland was influential in bringing the name to U.S. attention, followed by Olivia Newton-John, and now we have Olivias Wilde, Munn and Williams. If you love popular names, Olivia might be the perfect choice for you, but parents in search of a distinctive name will have to keep looking. Some related alternatives: Olive, Livia, Liv.

Popularity of name Olivia over time

There are 453148 people in the U.S. with the first name Olivia, this name was mostly popular in 2014 with popularity 19807 .

Olivia is used for both genders.

0.16 percent of people with the first name Olivia are man

99.84 percent of people with the first name Olivia are woman

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Most Famous People Named Olivia

character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
English actress
main character on TV's "Ravenswood"
9th century Sicilian patron saint
character in the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer
character on "The Cosby Show"
American author and poet
character in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective"
character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Miss USA and Miss Universe 2012
title character in children's book series by Ian Falconer
American actress
English-American actress
character on American soap "General Hospital"
American actress
American novelist
character on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
English ice dancer who competes for Spain
Australian singer and actress
main character on TV's "Scandal"
English novelist
character on TV's "Fringe"
American pop singer
alias Madame Lulu

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