Olivia

Gender:girl

Meaning:olive

Origin:Latin

Pronunciation:oh livy uh

Variations:Liv

Browse names by first letter:


...

About Olivia

Go back to names list

The current most popular girls’ name in the UK – and extremely popular worldwide – Olivia is a pretty, feminine name derived from the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive”.

Detailed Meaning

Popular even as early as the thirteenth century thanks to William Shakespeare’s character from one his most-loved play’s Twelfth Night, the name really exploded in popularity around the mid-90s and for the last few years has consistently topped the naming charts in the UK.

Famous People With This Name

There are a whole host of famous Olivias. Olivia Newton-John is perhaps one of the most iconic, following her role in the cult-hit film Greece.

Olivia Colman is also extremely well-known and renowned. The internationally acclaimed British actress has appeared in everything from crime drama Broadchurch to hit-comedy Fleabag.

Possible Nicknames

Possible nicknames include Olive, Liv, Livy or Livi.

Related Names

A possible nickname but also a name in its own right, Olive is an alternative to Olivia. Lilia is a fairly unique related name. Alivia and Olivea are alternate spellings but Olivia is by far the most common and widely used.

Stories Featuring This Name

NBC police procedural drama Law & Order features the character Olivia Benson and Olivia Pope is one of the main characters in political drama series Scandal.

There are also a series of children’s books based on a pig called Olivia by Ian Falconer.

You might also be interested in:

Similar names that end with 'A':

Looking for middle name? How about:

Top 10 names also beginning with 'O':

Name Gender Rank Meaning
Name Gender Rank Meaning
Olivia Girl 1 olive Facts
Oliver Boy 1 olive tree Facts
Oscar Boy 8 divine spear Facts
Ollie Boy 87 n/a Facts
Orla Girl 88 precious princess Facts
Owen Boy 92 well born Facts
Olly Boy 165 olive tree Facts
Oakley Boy 186 oak wood Facts
Oskar Boy 191 lover of deer Facts
Olive Girl 210 olive Facts

Check out our great content

Follow Us on Social

Make an Account With Us!

Make a BabyNames.co.uk account to save your favourite names

Get our book