Olivia

Gender:girl

Meaning:olive

Origin:Latin

Pronunciation:oh livy uh

Variations:Liv

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Latinate name, first used by Shakespeare for the rich heiress wooed by the duke in Twelfth Night (1599). Shakespeare may have taken it as a feminine form of Oliver or he may have derived it from the Latin for ‘olive’. In the 1970s it was particularly associated with Australian pop singer/actress Olivia Newton-John. Since the 1990s it has steadily increased it’s dominance in the UK and globally.

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