"olive tree"

Olivia Origin and Meaning

The name Olivia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree".

Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is the Number 1 name for baby girls in the US and one of the top girls' names around the world.

Olivia ranks among the Top 10 girls' names in several English-speaking countries as well as in Spain, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Argentina. And it's a Top 100 name in most countries that keep baby-naming statistics, making it an internationally flexible choice.

Records of the name Olivia exist from as far back as 13th century England, but the name was popularized after Shakespeare used it for the name of the countess in Twelfth Night. Olivia is based on the Latin word oliva, meaning "olive." 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 celebrity baby 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 recent 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, Rodrigo, Colman and Williams.

If you love popular names, Olivia might be the perfect choice for you, but parents in search of a distinctive name will have to keep looking. Some related alternatives: Olive, Livia, Liv.

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Olivia Popularity

Famous People Named Olivia

  • Saint Olivia of Palermo9th century Sicilian patron saint
  • Olivia Mary de HavillandEnglish,American actress
  • Olivia Frances CulpoMiss USA and Miss Universe 2012
  • Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn)American actress
  • (Lisa) Olivia MunnAmerican actress
  • Olivia NewtonJohn, Australian singer and actress
  • Olivia Haigh WilliamsEnglish actress
  • Olivia Mary ManningEnglish novelist
  • Olivia SmartEnglish ice dancer who competes for Spain
  • Olivia Ward BushAmerican author and poet
  • Olivia GoldsmithAmerican novelist
  • Olivia (Theresa Longott)American pop singer
  • Olivia LufkinJapanese,American singer,songwriter
  • Olivia HusseyArgentinian,English Actress
  • Olivia Hastings HoltAmerican actress
  • Olivia Nicole BurnetteAmerican actress
  • Olivia Trinidad HarrisonAmerican author and producer; widow of musician George Harrison
  • Olivia Iona Louise Langdon Clemenswife of novelist Mark Twain
  • Olivia Susan "Suzie" Clemensdaughter of Mark Twain
  • Olivia BorléeBelgian Olympic sprinter
  • Olivia PouletEnglish actress
  • Olivia PalermoAmerican entrepreneur, socialite and reality TV personality
  • Olivia O'Lovelyring name of Sabina Olivia Mardones, American actress and pro wrestler
  • Olivia OngSingaporean singer and actress
  • Olivia RogowskaAustralian tennis player
  • (Sarah Caroline) Olivia ColmanEnglish actress
  • Olivia Jane d'AboEnglish actress
  • Olivia ShakespearEnglish novelist
  • Olivia SuiAmerican YouTuber and member of Smosh
  • Olivia Jean HurdYouTuber and actress
  • Olivia De BerardinisAmerican pinup artist
  • Olivia PolischeckAmerican model
  • Olivia EmilyBritish fashion blogger
  • Olivia Hyestage name of Son Hyejoo, Korean,born singer of girl group Loona
  • Olivia Scalia (b. 1987)daughter of actor Jack Scalia and former Miss Universe Karen Dianne Baldwin
  • Olivia Washington (b. 1991)daughter of actor Denzel Washington; twin of brother Malcolm
  • Olivia Ann Marie Arvizu (b. 1998)daughter of bassist Reginald Arvizu of Korn
  • Olivia Haley (b. 1998)daughter of actor Jackie Earle Haley
  • Olivia Coron (b. 2000)daughter of actress Cynthia Geary
  • Olivia Jade Giannulli (b. 2000)influencer daughter of actress Lori Loughlin
  • Olivia Rose Pacino (b. 2001)daughter of actor Al Pacino; twin brother Anton James
  • Olivia Cohen (b. 2003)daughter of actress Lisa Vidal and Jay Cohen
  • Olivia Naomi Quaranta (b. 2003)daughter of soccer player Santino Quaranta
  • Olivia Vedder (b. 2004)daughter of singer Eddie Vedder and model Jill McCormick
  • Olivia Destiny George (b. 2005)daughter of actor Mohammed George
  • Olivia Kovacs (b. 2005)daughter of actress Amanda Tapping and Alan Kovacs
  • Olivia Edward (b. 2007)daughter of psychic and TV personality John Edward
  • Olivia Wheeler (b. 2008)daughter of actress Tina Hobley and Oliver Wheeler
  • Olivia Luna Duddy (adopted 2008)daughter of American actress Joely Fisher
  • Olivia Lou Sykes (b. 2009)daughter of comedienne Wanda Sykes; twin of brother Lucas Claude
  • Olivia Louise Peart (b. 2009)daughter of drummer Neil Peart of Rush
  • Olivia Van Der Beek (b. 2010)daughter of actor James Van Der Beek
  • Olivia Marie Armstrong (b. 2010)daughter of cyclist Lance Armstrong
  • Olivia Rose Folks (b. 2010)daughter of American comedian Byron Allen
  • Olivia Savchenkova (b. 2011)daughter of dancer Gleb Savchenko of "Dancing with the Stars"
  • Olivia Jane Hanks (b. 2011)daughter of actor Colin Hanks; granddaughter of actor Tom Hanks
  • Olivia Weatherly (b. 2012)daughter of actor Michael Weatherly
  • Olivia Mabel Smithson (b. 2012)daughter of singer Carly Smithson
  • Olivia Haven Jones (b. 2013)daughter of MMA fighter Jon Jones
  • Olivia Voltaggiodaughter of TV chef Michael Voltaggio
  • Olivia Hoelleindaughter of family vlogger Bonnie (Griffiths) Hoellein
  • Olivia Marie Busby (b. 2015)one of the Busby Quints in Outdaughtered
  • Olivia Shea Wright (b. 2016)daughter of baseball player David Wright
  • Olivia James Christian (b. 2016)daughter of actress Kellie Martin and Keith Christian
  • Olivia Maria Deen (b. 2018)daughter of TV chef and personality Bobby Deen; granddaughter of chef Paula Deen
  • Olivia Gilmour (b. 2018)daughter of child safety activist Elizabeth Smart

Olivia in Pop Culture

  • Olivia the Pigtitle character in children's book series by Ian Falconer
  • Oliviacharacter in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
  • Olivia Abbottcharacter in the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer
  • Olivia Bensoncharacter on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
  • Olivia Dunhamcharacter on TV's "Fringe"
  • Olivia Falconericharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • Olivia Flavershamcharacter in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective"
  • Olivia Calibanalias Madame Lulu, character in Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
  • Olivia Popemain character on TV's "Scandal"
  • Olivia Kendallcharacter on "The Cosby Show"
  • Olivia "Liv" Parkercharacter on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
  • Olivia Mathesonmain character on TV's "Ravenswood"
  • Olivia Barronmain character in "Truth or Dare"
  • Oliviacharacter in The Selection series by Kiera Cass
  • Olivia Katecharacter in Gossip Girl played by Hilary Duff
  • Olivia Vertigocharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Olivia "Livvy" Waltoncharacter on TV's "The Waltons"
  • Olivia Gothcharacter in video game The Sims
  • Olivia "Liv" Rooneymain character on TV's "Liv and Maddie"
  • Oliviacharacter in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
  • OliviaRock,type Kahuna of Akala in Pokemon Sun and Moon
  • Oliviaa LEGO Friends character
  • Olivia (Livvy)character in "Girls Only"
  • Olivia "Liv" Mooremain character on TV show "iZombie"
  • Olivia ColomarAKA Sombra, playable hero in the game "Overwatch"
  • Oliviacity name in Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities"
  • Something Like Olivia" song by John Mayer
  • "Olivia" song by Green Day
  • "Olivia" song by One Direction
  • Alice + Oliviafashion brand
  • Olivia Craincharacter in the Netflix series "The Haunting of Hill House"
  • Oliviaa cat villager from Animal Crossing

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