Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is, like her popular sister names Isabella and Sophia, a megapopular baby girl name. Olivia is currently Number 3, 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 one girls' name in tandem with twin brother Oliver at the top of the charts. It is still the top 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. Bottom line: Parents in search of a distinctive name will have to keep looking. Some related alternatives: Olive, Livia, Liv.
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