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Gender: F Meaning of Olive: "olive tree" Origin of Olive: English, from Latin, nature name Olive's Popularity in 2015: #264

Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. It returned to the Top 1000 in 2007, and has jumped quite a bit since then, now at264282. Cool couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen chose it for their daughter, reviving the name to stylishness, and now Drew Barrymore has a baby Olive too, as has country singer Jake Owen.

Olive has positive associations to the olive branch as a symbol of peace and the ancient olive wreath that celebrated success.

Olive was the name of the adorable Abigail Breslin character in the popular movie Little Miss Sunshine. Olive Chancellor is a major character in Henry James's The Bostonians and Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout novel that was adapted into a TV miniseries in 2014. Kids might be familiar with Olive the Other Reindeer.

Olive came into fashion at the end of the nineteenth century along with other botanical names, when it had a run in the Top 100.

Famous People Named Olive

Olive Mae Puro (b. 2015), daughter of Marla Sokoloff and Alec Puro
Olive Eva, sister of Charlie (m) (Amber Nichols)
(Olive) Marie Osmond, American entertainer
Olive May Osmond, matriarch of the American Osmond singing family
Olive Thomas, American silent film actress
Olive Baron Cohen (b. 2007), daughter of Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
Olive Barrymore Kopelman (b. 2012), daughter of Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Olive Pearl Owen (b. 2012), daughter of Jake Owen and Lacey Buchanan
Olive (b. 2011), daughter of David Tennant and Georgia Moffett
Olive Avery Lawson (b. 2013), daughter of Jesse Lawson from the band Sleeping With Sirens
Olive Belle (Aidan Guerra and Belinda Bartholomew-Walsh)
Olive Dora Sturgess, Canadian-born actress of American television
Olive Ann Burns was a professional writer, journalist, and columnist best known for her novel Cold Sassy Tree
Olive Oatman, pioneer woman captured by Native Americans and freed five years later
Olive Uniacke, stepdaughter of David Heyman (Producer of the Harry Potter films)
Olive Deering was an American actress.
Olive Borden, an American stage and film actress
Olive Beech, U.S. aviation pioneer
Olive Carey, American television and film actress
Olive Loughnane, an Irish Olympic athlete
Olive Campbell, published author
Audrey Olive Joan, sister of Darcy (m) and Elsa (Deborah Knight and Lindsay Dunbar)
Blessed St. Olive of Palermo
Olive Fremstad, opera singer
Olive Murray Chapman, female hero, filmed the cultures of Madagascar and Lapland in the year 1939

Pop Culture References for the name Olive

Olive Snook played by Kristin Chenoweth in "Pushing Daisies"
Olive Kitteredge played by Frances Louise McDormand
Olive Hoover played by Abigail Breslin in "Little Miss Sunshine"
Olive Penderghast played by Emma Stone in "Easy A"
"Olive, the Other Reindeer," book by J. Otto Seibold
Olive Oyl is Popeye the Sailor Man's girlfriend in the popular 1920s-era comics.
Olive Rudge (nee Butler), a character from the 1960s/1970s British television sitcom "On the Buses"
Olive Abroholos Elephanta, a character from Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series
Olive, a character from the show "Odd Squad"
Olive, a character from the Canadian animated series "Justin Time"
"Olive's Ocean"...a book by Kevin Henkes soon to be made into a motion picture
Olive Doyle, a character in the show "A.N.T Farm" on Disney

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