The name Olivia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree". Olivia is ranked #2 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop you least favourite (girls with middles)".
From the experts:
Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is one of the most popular 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 Wester 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.
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 was first popularized by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as the name of the pampered, wealthy countess. 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 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 current 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 girls' 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.
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