The name Liv is a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "life". Liv is ranked #675 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Nicknames for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
From the experts:
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.