Liv Origin and Meaning

The name Liv is a girl's name of Scandinavian, Norse origin meaning "life".

The fame of actress and Aerosmith daughter Liv Tyler helped to infuse life into this short but solid Scandinavian name that was chosen for her daughter by Julianne Moore.

Liv Tyler was given the name after her mother, Bebe Buell, saw an image of Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann on the cover of TV Guide shortly before her daughter's birth.

Liv combines the succinct charm of a nickname—people might assume it's short for Olivia—with the solidity of being a classic stand-alone Scandinavian name with a life-force meaning.

Unlike its popular cousin Olivia, Liv has never risen that high in the US ranks, but it is a Top 100 girls' name in a range of international places, from Scandinavia to Switzerland to Israel.

# 728 in the US

Liv Rank in US Top 1000

# 660 on Nameberry

Liv Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Liv Popularity

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Famous People Named Liv

  • Liv Rundgren TylerAmerican actress, daughter of singer Steven Tyler
  • Liv Johanne UllmannNorwegian actress and director
  • Liv LindelandNorwegian model and actress
  • Liv Kristine (Espenæs Krull)Norwegian heavy metal singer of bands Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes
  • Olivia "Liv" BoereeEnglish poker player, presenter and model
  • Liv Ragnheim ArnesenNorwegian skier and adventurer
  • Liv Grete Skjelbreid PoiréeNorwegian Olympic biathlete
  • Liv StrædetNorwegian footballer
  • Liv Helen Freundlich (b.2002)daughter of actress Julianne Moore
  • Liv Elena Roberts (b.2013)daughter of American actress Alana de la Garza
  • Liv Ezra (b.2016)daughter of model Bar Rafaeli and Adi Ezra
  • Liv Lee North (b.2017)daughter of Jon and Jessica North

Liv in Pop Culture

  • Olivia "Liv" Bensondetective on Law & Order: SVU
  • Olivia "Liv" Lernercharacter in movie "Bride Wars"
  • Livcharacter in movie "Duets"
  • Olivia "Liv" Rooneycharacter on TV's "Liv and Maddie"
  • Olivia "Liv" Duranda character in Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia's Caster Chronicles
  • Liv Malonecharacter on TV's "Skins"
  • Liv Parkercharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Olivia "Liv" Mooremain character on TV's "iZombie"
  • Liv Lambroscharacter in Rachael Allen's "The Revenge Playbook"

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