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Gender: F Meaning of Olivia: "olive tree" Origin of Olivia: Latin Olivia's Popularity in 2015: #2

Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is, like her sisters Isabella and Sophia, a megapopular name. Olivia is currently the Number 2 name for baby girls, 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 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.

Famous People Named Olivia

Saint Olivia of Palermo, 9th century Sicilian patron saint
Olivia Mary de Havilland, Anglo-American actress
Olivia Frances Culpo, Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012
Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn), American actress
(Lisa) Olivia Munn, American actress
Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress
Olivia Haigh Williams, English actress
Olivia Mary Manning, English novelist
Olivia Ward Bush, American author and poet
Olivia Goldsmith, American novelist
Olivia (Theresa Longott), American pop singer
Olivia Lufkin, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
Olivia Hussey, Argentinian-English Actress
Olivia Hastings Holt, American actress
Olivia Nicole Burnette, American actress
Olivia Trinidad Harrison, American author and producer; widow of musician George Harrison
Olivia Iona Louise Langdon Clemens, wife of American author Mark Twain
Olivia Borlée, Belgian Olympic sprinter
Olivia Poulet, English actress
Olivia Palermo, American entrepreneur, socialite and reality TV personality
Olivia O'Lovely (born Sabina Olivia Mardones), American actress and pro wrestler
Olivia Ong, Singaporean singer and actress
Olivia Rogowska, Australian tennis player
Olivia Weatherly, daughter of American actor Michael Weatherly
Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of American actress Lori Loughlin
(Sarah Caroline) Olivia Colman, English actress
Olivia Jane d'Abo, English actress
Olivia Shakespear, English novelist
Olivia De Berardinis, American pinup artist
Olivia Rose, daughter of actor Al Pacino; twin brother Anton James
Olivia Van Der Beek, daughter of actor James Van Der Beek
Olivia Arvizu, daughter of Korn bassist Reginald Arvizu
Olivia Coron, daughter of American actress Cynthia Geary
Olivia Susan Clemens "Suzie", eldest daughter of American author Mark Twain
Olivia James Christian, daughter of American actress Kellie Martin

Pop Culture References for the name Olivia

Olivia the Pig, title character in children's book series by Ian Falconer
Olivia, character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".
Olivia Abbott, character in the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer
Olivia Benson, character on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
Olivia Dunham, character on TV's "Fringe".
Olivia Falconeri, character on American soap "General Hospital".
Olivia Flaversham, character in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective".
Olivia Pope, main character on TV's "Scandal".
Olivia Kendall, character on "The Cosby Show".
Olivia "Liv" Parker, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Olivia Matheson, main character on TV's "Ravenswood"
"Something Like Olivia," song by John Mayer
"Olivia," song by Green Day
Alice + Olivia, fashion brand
Olivia, character in The Selection series by Kiera Cass
Olivia Kate, character in Gossip Girl played by Hilary Duff
Olivia Vertigo, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Olivia "Livvy" Walton, character on "The Walton's" portrayed Miss Michael Learned
Olivia (Liv) Rooney, main character on disney channel's "Liv and Maddie"
"Olivia," song by One Direction

Olivia's International Variations

Oliwa (Hawaiian) Oliviane, Olivette (French) Oliva, Olva, Livia (Spanish) Oliveria (Portuguese)