Diminutive of Olivia or Latin
"blue, envious"

Livia Origin and Meaning

The name Livia is a girl's name of Spanish, Latin origin meaning "blue, envious".

Though it sounds like a chopped-off variation of Olivia, which means olive, the distinctively attractive Livia has been an independent name since the days of the ancient Romans, when it belonged to Livia Drusilla—the powerful wife of the Emperor Augustus—and is still commonly heard in modern Italy.

Livia was a literary favorite from the sixteenth century, appearing in the plays of John Fletcher and Thomas Middleton, and playing a minor role in Romeo and Juliet. Anna Livia Plurabelle is the name of a character in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake.

Livia entered the US Top 1000 in 2004 but unlike its popular sister Olivia, it's never risen that high in the ranks. But Livia is a Top 100 girls' name in many other countries, including France, the Netherlands, Brazil, Sweden, Switzerland, and Austria.

# 890 in the US

Livia Rank in US Top 1000

# 227 on Nameberry

Livia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Livia

  • Livia Drusillawife of Roman Emperor Augustus
  • Livia della Roverelast Duchess of Urbino
  • Livia TurcoItalian politician
  • Livia d'ArcoItalian singer
  • Livia BritoCuban,Mexican actress
  • Livia LangAustrian Olympic synchronized swimmer
  • Livia ZitaHungarian singer of heavy metal band King Diamond
  • Livia Renata SouzaBrazilian mixed martial artist
  • Livia BittonJackson (born Elli L. Friedmann), Czech,American historian
  • Livia Firthfounder of the Green Carpet Challenge; wife of actor Colin Firth
  • Livia Charles Basche (b. 2008)daughter of actors David Alan Basche and Alysia Reiner

Livia in Pop Culture

  • Livia Pollio Sopranocharacter on "The Sopranos"
  • Anna Livia Plurabellecharacter in "Finnegans Wake" by James Joyce
  • Livia "Livvy" Blackthorncharacter in 'The Dark Artifices' by Cassandra Clare
  • Liviacharacter in "Livia, or Buried Alive" by Lawrence Durrell
  • Livia Corviusvideo game character in "Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion"

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