Girl Names: In Love with Olivia
By Abby Sandel
If you’re in love with Olivia, but aren’t wild about your daughter sharing her name, here’s a solution: seventeen gorgeous girl names, all starting with O and ending in –ia. But not a one of these cracks the current US Top 100. In fact, most of these names fall far outside of the Top 1000.
Instead of Olivia, consider:
Odelia – Odelia is a Hebrew name with an appealing meaning – I will praise the Lord. Couple that with an on-trend sound, and it’s easy to imagine more parents considering Odelia as a substitute for Olivia.
Onoria – Jessica Alba has a daughter named Honor, but more elaborate versions of the name abound. There’s Honora, Annora, Onora, Honoria, and, of course, Onoria. That makes this rarity one-part virtue name, one-part Olivia substitute.
Would you choose any of these names over Olivia? What else would you suggest as substitutes?
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on March 15th, 2017 at 1:57 am
Olivia is not my style, but if I were to pick a similar name I’d probably think of Liv, Viola, Livia, Olive, Aviela, Evelia, Valoria, Evelina, Silvia or Lavinia.
I think you’ve probably picked the best of the O__ia names, although Olympia is quite nice.
I don’t mind Oralia and Ortensia, but I suspect I’m in the minority there.
Ovelia is not a bad Ophelia variant, and Oliana/Orleanna is melodic.
on March 15th, 2017 at 4:39 am
Olympia is really the only O name I like.
on March 15th, 2017 at 9:10 am
I love Olivia, but I admit that when a name becomes wildly popular – especially in my personal exeperience, and not just statistically – some of the shine comes off the name.
Recently, I’ve been adoring Octavia and Ophelia. Obelia (nn: Bee?) and Odelia intrigue me.
To this list, I would add Odessa. Stylish O, girly but not over the top, and falls into the city/place name trend.
on March 15th, 2017 at 9:43 am
I don’t really care for Olivia, though I like Olive.
I’m trying to love Octavia, but I’m still not completely there. It’s gorgeous though.
I’ve never heard of Obelia and Odelia before, but I find them really intriguing and they might make it onto my list… We’ll see!
on March 15th, 2017 at 11:24 am
I also like Ottavia.
on March 15th, 2017 at 11:45 am
The only name I would use off of this list is Ophelia, which I love. I might use another strong but girly and old fashioned name with a long O sound. Leona, Rose, Josephine… or even Eliza or Louisa.
on March 15th, 2017 at 6:20 pm
I had a baby doll named Olivia that actually looks like the baby in the image for this post lol
on March 15th, 2017 at 7:07 pm
Every time I see Honoria/Onoria I think of gonorrhea. Names that rhyme with STDs are probably not a good idea.
on March 15th, 2017 at 11:09 pm
Out of these names, I like:
on March 16th, 2017 at 1:45 am
My favorite is Octavia.
on March 16th, 2017 at 7:59 pm
If not tied to “O,” other names in the same vein include Amalia, Aurelia, Emilia, and Cecilia. Many more lovely “ia” names from the Name Sage here: https://appellationmountain.net/cordelia-girls-names-ending-with-ia/
on March 21st, 2017 at 2:42 pm
Odette is a good one too.
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