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Gender: F Meaning of Olivia: "olive tree" Origin of Olivia: Latin Olivia's Popularity in 2013: #3

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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 3 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.

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Famous People Named Olivia

Olivia de Havilland, Anglo-American actress
Olivia Culpo, Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012
Olivia Wilde, American actress
Olivia Munn, American actress
Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress
Olivia Williams, English actress
Olivia Ward Bush, American author
Olivia Goldsmith, American author
Olivia Lufkin, Japanese-American singer
Olivia Hussey, Argentinian born English Actress
Olivia Holt, actress
Olivia Nicole Burnette, American actress
Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of American actress Lori Loughlin
Olivia Poulet, English actress
Olivia Palermo, American fashion entrepreneur the new "it-girl"
Olivia Weatherly, daughter of American actor Michael Weatherly
Olivia Colman, English actress
Olivia Shakespear, English novelist
Olivia Rose, daughter of actor Al Pacino; has 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

Pop Culture References for the Name Olivia

Alice + Olivia, an upscale women's clothing company.
Olivia, a pig character in children's book series.
Olivia, a character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".
Olivia Abott, character in "My Sister" book series.
Olivia Benson, character on "Law & Order: SVU". - Also the name of Taylor Swift's cat
Olivia Dunham, character on US show "Fringe".
Olivia Falconeri, character from ABC's "General Hospital".
Olivia Flaversham, character in "The Great Mouse Detective".
Olivia Pope, main character from ABC's "Scandal".
Olivia Kendall, character from "The Cosby Show".
Olivia, a minor character from ABC's "Grey's Anatomy".
Olivia Matheson, a main character from ABC Family's "Ravenswood".
"Something Like Olivia", John Mayer song.
"Olivia", song by Green Day.

Alivia, Alyvia, Liv, Liva, Livrie, Livvie, Livvy, Livy, Liwie, Liwy, Olevia, Olia, Oliff, Oliffe, Olive, Olivea, Oliveea, Oliveia, Olivet, Olivetta, Olivi, Olivianne, Olivija, Olivine, Olivya, Ollie, Olly, Oly, Olyvia

Olivia's International Variations

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