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Gender: Female Meaning of Olivia: "olive tree" Origin of Olivia: Latin Olivia's Popularity in 2017: #2

The name Olivia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree". Olivia is ranked #2 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Antique Baby Names Back in Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Olivia, a lovely Shakespearean name with an admirable balance of strength and femininity, is one of the top girls' names in the world. Like her sisters Isabella and Sophia, Olivia is a megapopular name not only in the US but in the UK, Australia, Canada, and throughout the Western World. Olivia is currently the Number 2 name for baby girls in the US, and could be heading towards the very top of the list -- so don't say we didn't warn you. It's the undisputed queen of the only four girl names starting with O in the US Top 1000.

In the UK, Olivia was the recent Number 1 girls' name in tandem with twin brother Oliver at the top of the charts. It is still the top girls' name in Canada and Number 4 in both Australia and Scotland.

Olivia was first popularized by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as the name of the pampered, wealthy countess. 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 starbaby 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 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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Famous People Named Olivia

Saint Olivia of Palermo, 9th century Sicilian patron saint
Olivia Mary de Havilland, English-American actress
Olivia Frances Culpo, Miss USA and Miss Universe 2012
Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn), American actress
(Lisa) Olivia Munn, American actress
Olivia Newton-John, Australian singer and actress
Olivia Haigh Williams, English actress
Olivia Mary Manning, English novelist
Olivia Smart, English ice dancer who competes for Spain
Olivia Ward Bush, American author and poet
Olivia Goldsmith, American novelist
Olivia (Theresa Longott), American pop singer
Olivia Lufkin, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
Olivia Hussey, Argentinian-English Actress
Olivia Hastings Holt, American actress
Olivia Nicole Burnette, American actress
Olivia Trinidad Harrison, American author and producer; widow of musician George Harrison
Olivia Iona Louise Langdon Clemens, wife of novelist Mark Twain
Olivia Susan "Suzie" Clemens, daughter of Mark Twain
Olivia Borlée, Belgian Olympic sprinter
Olivia Poulet, English actress
Olivia Palermo, American entrepreneur, socialite and reality TV personality
Olivia O'Lovely, ring name of Sabina Olivia Mardones, American actress and pro wrestler
Olivia Ong, Singaporean singer and actress
Olivia Rogowska, Australian tennis player
(Sarah Caroline) Olivia Colman, English actress
Olivia Jane d'Abo, English actress
Olivia Shakespear, English novelist
Olivia Sui, American YouTuber and member of Smosh
Olivia Jean Hurd, YouTuber and actress
Olivia De Berardinis, American pinup artist
Olivia Polischeck, American model
Olivia Emily, British fashion blogger
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), 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
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 Voltaggio, daughter of TV chef Michael Voltaggio
Olivia Hoellein, daughter 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 Bond, chef and actress

Pop Culture References for the name Olivia

Olivia the Pig, title character in children's book series by Ian Falconer
Olivia, character in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
Olivia Abbott, character in the My Sister the Vampire series by Sienna Mercer
Olivia Benson, character on TV's "Law & Order: SVU"
Olivia Dunham, character on TV's "Fringe"
Olivia Falconeri, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Olivia Flaversham, character in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective"
Olivia Caliban, also known as Madame Lulu, character in "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Olivia Pope, main character on TV's "Scandal"
Olivia Kendall, character on "The Cosby Show"
Olivia "Liv" Parker, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Olivia Matheson, main character on TV's "Ravenswood"
Olivia Barron, main character in "Truth or Dare"
Olivia, character in The Selection series by Kiera Cass
Olivia Kate, character in Gossip Girl played by Hilary Duff
Olivia Vertigo, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Olivia "Livvy" Walton, character on TV's "The Waltons"
Olivia Goth, character in video game The Sims
Olivia "Liv" Rooney, main character on TV's "Liv and Maddie"
Olivia, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Olivia, Rock-type Kahuna of Akala in Pokemon Sun and Moon
Olivia, a LEGO Friends character
Olivia (Livvy), character in "Girls Only"
Olivia "Liv" Moore, main character on TV show "iZombie"
Olivia Colomar, AKA Sombra, playable hero in the game "Overwatch"
Olivia, city 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 + Olivia, fashion brand
Olivia Crain, character in the Netflix series "The Haunting of Hill House"

Olivia's International Variations

Oliwa (Hawaiian) Oliviane, Olivette (French) Oliva, Olva, Livia (Spanish) Oliveria (Portuguese)