Octavia Origin and Meaning

The name Octavia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "eighth".

Octavia began as the Latin, then Victorian name for an eighth child. While there aren't many eighth children anymore, this ancient Roman name has real possibilities as a substitute for the overused Olivia; recommended for its combination of classical and musical overtones. It was chosen for his daughter by Kevin Sorbo.

Octavia has a rich history and literary pedigree. Commonly used in the Roman Imperial family, one first century BC Octavia was the daughter of Claudius, sister of the Emperor Augustus and the second, pre-Cleopatra, wife of Mark Antony (she appears in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra), while another ancient Octavia was the teenage wife of Nero. The British civic reformer Octavia Hill actually was an eighth daughter.

The name came into the spotlight recently via Octavia Spencer, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her strong performance in The Help. And Octavia is part of Cinna's prep team for Katniss Everdeen during the 74th and 75th Hunger Games.

Octavia is also a First Daughter name as the child of President Zachary Taylor.

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Octavia Rank in US Top 1000

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Octavia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Octavia Popularity

Famous People Named Octavia

  • Octavia Lenora SpencerAmerican actress
  • Octavia Estelle ButlerAmerican novelist
  • Octavia HillEnglish social reformer
  • Octavia NasrLebanese,American TV journalist
  • Octavia the Youngersister of Roman Emperor Augustus and wife of Marc Antony
  • Octavia the Elderhalf,sister of Roman Emperor Augustus
  • Octavia Daniela Thompson (born 1997)one of the second set of surviving sextuplets in the United States
  • Octavia Flynn Sorbo (b. 2005)daughter of actor Kevin Sorbo

Octavia in Pop Culture

  • Octaviacharacter in The Hunger Games trilogy.
  • Octavia Melodycello,playing pony in animated series "My Little Pony".
  • Octavia von Seckendorfcharacter in anime "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica".
  • Octavia Blakecharacter in "The 100".
  • Octavia Polecharacter in Cranford.
  • Octavia Musscharacter in The Expanse book/TV series