English, from Latin, nature name
"olive tree"

Olive Origin and Meaning

The name Olive is girl's name of English origin meaning "olive tree".
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.
# 158 in the US

Olive Rank in US Top 1000

Olive Popularity

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Famous People Named Olive

  • (Olive) Marie OsmondAmerican singer and actress
  • Olive May Osmondmatriarch of the American Osmond singing family
  • Olive Thomas (born Oliva R. Duffy)American silent film actress
  • Olive Dora SturgessCanadian actress
  • Olive Ann BurnsAmerican novelist
  • Olive Cecilia PagetLady Baille, Anglo,American heiress
  • Olive OatmanAmerican pioneer captured by Native Americans and freed five years later
  • Olive DeeringAmerican actress
  • Olive Nevart ZorianEnglish violinist
  • Olive BordenAmerican actress
  • Olive Ann BeechAmerican aviatrix
  • Olive Carey (born Olive Fuller Golden)American actress
  • Olive LoughnaneIrish Olympic athlete
  • Olive Dame CampbellAmerican folklorist and author
  • Olive Fremstad (born Anna Olivia Rundquist)Swedish,America mezzo,soprano
  • Olive Evadaughter 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 Guerradaughter of rugby leaguer Aidan Guerra and Belinda Bartholomew,Walsh
  • Olive Speers (b. 2014)daughter of broadcaster David Speers
  • Olive Uniackestepdaughter of film producer David Heyman
  • Olive Mae Puro (b. 2015)daughter of actress Marla Sokoloff and Alec Puro

Olive in Pop Culture

  • Olive Snookcharacter on TV's "Pushing Daisies"
  • "Olive Kitteredge" novel, TV movie and its main character
  • Olive Hoovercharacter in film "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Olive Penderghastcharacter in film "Easy A"
  • "Olivethe Other Reindeer," book by J. Otto Seibold and its main character, a dog
  • Olive OylPopeye's girlfriend in the Popeye series
  • Olive Butler Rudgea character on British TV series "On the Buses"
  • Olive Abroholos Elephantacharacter in Ransom Riggs' "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" series
  • Olivea character on TV's "Odd Squad"
  • Olivea character from the Canadian animated series "Justin Time"
  • "Olive's Ocean" novel by Kevin Henkes and film
  • Olive Doylea character on TV's "A.N.T Farm"
  • Olivecook in The Bash St. Kids' comics
  • Olive Hornbyminor character in the Harry Potter series
  • Olive Durwoodymain protagonist in the "Books of Elsewhere" series
  • Olive Silverlockcharacter from DC's Gotham Academy
  • Olive Specter (nee Muendapreviously Thanasia and Mortis), character in "Sims" series
  • Olive CrewClancy Crew's sister in the "Ruby Redfort" book series