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Girl Name: Olivia

Name: Olivia
Pronunciation: \o-li-via\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: olive tree
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Elvia, Elva, Alva, Alvie, Elvie, Ulva
Variant forms: Liv, Liva, Livia, Livvie, Livvy, Olia, Oliff, Oliffe, Oliva, Olive, Oliveea, Olivet, Olivetta, Olivette, Olivija, Olivine, Olivya, Ollie, Olva
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 352
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 55143

Description

Olivia \o-li-via\ as a girl's name is pronounced oh-LIV-ee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Olivia is "olive tree". Coined by Shakespeare as the name of a much-wooed aristocrat in his play "Twelfth Night" (1599). He may have derived the name from the olive plant, or as a feminine form of Oliver. Biblical: the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today, "extending an olive branch" traditionally signifies an offer of peace. Today, Olive is associated with Popeye's scrawny girlfriend, Olive Oyl. See also Olida. Singer Olivia Newton-John.

Olivia has 19 variant forms: Liv, Liva, Livia, Livvie, Livvy, Olia, Oliff, Oliffe, Oliva, Olive, Oliveea, Olivet, Olivetta, Olivette, Olivija, Olivine, Olivya, Ollie and Olva.

Baby names that sound like Olivia are Elvia, Elva, Alva, Alvie, Elvie and Ulva.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Olivia.

Popularity

Olivia is a very popular first name for women (#352 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#55143 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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