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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”.
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 include Olive, Liv, Livy or Livi.
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.
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