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Gender: Female Meaning of Olive: "olive tree" Origin of Olive: English, from Latin, nature name Olive's Popularity in 2017: #256

The name Olive is a girl's name of English origin meaning "olive tree". Olive is ranked #256 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

From the experts:

Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. Olive is one of only four girl names starting with O on the US Top 1000. Cool couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen chose it for their daughter, reviving the name to stylishness, and now Drew Barrymore has a little Olive too, as has country singer Jake Owen.

Olive has positive associations to the olive branch as a symbol of peace and the ancient olive wreath that celebrated success.

Olive was the name of the adorable Abigail Breslin character in the popular movie Little Miss Sunshine. Olive Chancellor is a major character in Henry James's The Bostonians and Olive Kitteridge is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Elizabeth Strout novel that was adapted into a TV miniseries in 2014. Kids might be familiar with Olive the Other Reindeer.

Olive came into fashion at the end of the nineteenth century along with other botanical names, when it had a run in the Top 100.

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Famous People Named Olive

(Olive) Marie Osmond, American singer and actress
Olive May Osmond, matriarch of the American Osmond singing family
Olive Thomas (born Oliva R. Duffy), American silent film actress
Olive Dora Sturgess, Canadian actress
Olive Ann Burns, American novelist
Olive Cecilia Paget, Lady Baille, Anglo-American heiress
Olive Oatman, American pioneer captured by Native Americans and freed five years later
Olive Deering, American actress
Olive Nevart Zorian, English violinist
Olive Borden, American actress
Olive Ann Beech, American aviatrix
Olive Carey (born Olive Fuller Golden), American actress
Olive Loughnane, Irish Olympic athlete
Olive Dame Campbell, American folklorist and author
Olive Fremstad (born Anna Olivia Rundquist), Swedish-America mezzo-soprano
Olive Eva, daughter of singer Amber Nichols
Olive Baron Cohen (b. 2007), daughter of actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
Olive Barrymore Kopelman (b. 2012), daughter of actress Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Olive Tennant (b. 2011), daughter of actor David Tennant and Georgia Moffett
Olive Wojcinski (b. 2011), daughter of Australian rules footballer David Wojcinski
Olive Pearl Owen (b. 2012), daughter of Jake Owen and Lacey Buchanan
Olive Avery Lawson (b. 2013), daughter of musician Jesse Lawson
Olive Belle Guerra, daughter of rugby leaguer Aidan Guerra and Belinda Bartholomew-Walsh
Olive Speers (b. 2014), daughter of broadcaster David Speers
Olive Uniacke, stepdaughter of film producer David Heyman
Olive Mae Puro (b. 2015), daughter of actress Marla Sokoloff and Alec Puro
Audrey Olive Joan (b. 2015), daughter of newscaster Deborah Knight and Lindsay Dunbar

Pop Culture References for the name Olive

Olive Snook, character on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
"Olive Kitteredge," novel, TV movie and its main character
Olive Hoover, character in film "Little Miss Sunshine"
Olive Penderghast, character in film "Easy A"
"Olive, the Other Reindeer," book by J. Otto Seibold and its main character, a dog
Olive Oyl, Popeye's girlfriend in the Popeye series
Olive Butler Rudge, a character on British TV series "On the Buses"
Olive Abroholos Elephanta, character in Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series
Olive, a character on TV's "Odd Squad"
Olive, a character from the Canadian animated series "Justin Time"
"Olive's Ocean," novel by Kevin Henkes and film
Olive Doyle, a character on TV's "A.N.T Farm"
Olive, cook in The Bash St. Kids' comics
Olive Hornby, minor character in the Harry Potter series
Olive Durwoody, main protagonist in the "Books of Elsewhere" series
Olive Silverlock, character from DC's Gotham Academy
Olive Specter (nee Muenda, previously Thanasia and Mortis), character in "Sims" series

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