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Gender: Female Meaning of Octavia: "eighth" Origin of Octavia: Latin Octavia's Popularity in 2017: #593

The name Octavia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "eighth". Octavia is ranked #593 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Girls' Names - Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Octavia

Octavia Lenora Spencer, American actress
Octavia Estelle Butler, American novelist
Octavia Hill, English social reformer
Octavia Nasr, Lebanese-American TV journalist
Octavia the Younger, sister of Roman Emperor Augustus and wife of Marc Antony
Octavia the Elder, half-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

Pop Culture References for the name Octavia

Octavia, character in The Hunger Games trilogy.
Octavia Melody, cello-playing pony in animated series "My Little Pony".
Octavia von Seckendorf, character in anime "Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica".
Octavia Blake, character in "The 100".
Octavia Pole, character in Cranford.

Octavia's International Variations

Otavia, Tavia (Spanish) Octavie, Octava (French) Ottavia (Italian)