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If you give a kid the name Olive, she'll probably spend her childhood being called Olive Oyl.
gin_rummy  9/1/2005
A cute name for a cat, I think. But it is too abrupt and unfeminine for a human name, in my opinion. Olivia is much nicer. Sorry to all the Olives I've offended out there.
ljfraser  11/13/2005
What a horrible name! Who in their right mind would ever name their child Olive!
pandabear1987  3/3/2006
I take offense at pandabear1987's inane comment - I find Olive irresistibly charming and/or darling, whereas virtually all of the names found in panda's list are rather distasteful (in my OPINION).
Wordsmith  12/23/2006
My hamster's name is Olive! I think this is a wonderful name for a pet, just not for a person.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2006
The first time I heard this name was in a commercial for olive oil. This very traditional Italian family which made their living growing and selling olives were talking about this new girl their son was bringing home. They were upset because she wasn't from around there and probably didn't even know anything about olives. Then the boy came in with this lovely southern Italian girl on his arm and said, "This is my girlfriend - Olive!" and everyone was happy. The actress was very pretty and charming, so now I associate the name Olive with beautiful girls from southern Italy.
Baraka  6/30/2006
Olive Deering was an American actress.
Kosta  7/5/2006
Olive is the little girl's name in "Little Miss Sunshine".
pink_floyd_fan  8/21/2006
Olive Ann Burns was a Georgia-born professional writer, journalist and columnist. She is best known for her novel Cold Sassy Tree.
ars musica  9/1/2006
Olive was one of the stepsisters in 'Ella Enchanted'.
― Anonymous User  9/6/2006
I think that Olive is actually quite a cute little name. ;)
Surreal  10/18/2006
My name is Olive, and it's really not as unfortunate as one would think. I have really grown to love it over the years, and I'm really glad I wasn't named something typical for my time. And it's not Olivia, it's OLIVE. Olive really isn't an abbreviation.
olives_fruit  1/9/2007
Olivia is also pretty, but Olive has its own charm. Simple and sweet, something like the archetype of the Midwestern farm girl.

It's just a guess on my part, but if given a French pronunciation, it would sound lovely; "o-LEEV".
gaelruadh19  1/9/2007
I think this name is cute, though I wouldn't use it personally. Olivia is pretty and sophisticated, but overused, and Olive is a fine alternative.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2007
Olive Hornby is the girl who was making fun of Myrtle's glasses when the latter was killed by a basilisk in the bathroom. And I thought every Harry Potter name was already covered!
― Anonymous User  4/9/2007
Olive's Ocean is a book.
bibi66  6/9/2007
My grandmother's name was Olive Mae because she stated that her mother named her after the Olive tint to her skin (she was very tan). She was proud of her name but didn't care to be called by it, instead going by Mae.
― Anonymous User  6/30/2007
I've never liked the way this word/name sounds. I think it sounds clumsy and undignified.
scarletquillraven  7/7/2007
I like it but think Olivia is slightly prettier.
Thunderbird5  8/10/2007
Olive Thomas (1894-1920) was an American silent film actress remembered mostly for her marriage to Mary Pickford's brother, Jack, and the strange circumstances surrounding her untimely death.
cateyedsnake  8/25/2007
Olive Snook is a character on the TV series "Pushing Daises". She has a crush on Ned.
So Be It  10/12/2007
Olive is the name of the daughter of Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen.
namefanatic  10/27/2007
I think that the name Olive is simple, classic and has a lovely, dark green atmosphere. Also, it does not try too hard to be avant-garde.
SerabelleScabies  12/22/2007
Sweeter and less pretentious than trendy Olivia.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2008
I went to school with a girl named Olive. But she went by the nickname Liv. Another nickname one could by if they were named Olive is "Ollie." But I think I prefer the nickname "Liv."
Coffeebean  4/27/2008
I can't stand olives. Even their smell makes me nauseous. That's a pretty good reason for me not to use this name if I ever have a daughter. Besides, it just sounds so incomplete, like it must be a nickname for Olivia. As a name, it's pretty much just as weird as Cherry.
slight night shiver  5/2/2008
Olive makes for a bright and easy middle name.
EmilyOlive  5/4/2008
Cute. I don't understand all the Olive hatred. Olivia I don't like and I find it strange people play up how 'classic' it is when it's only had a huge burst of popularity in the US this century like with Ava. They don't fit the definition of classic. Olive feels more vintage and classic than modern Olivia and always will.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2008
I don't like this name. It makes me think of the fruit and Olive Oyl.
number1212  12/28/2008
Olive the Other Reindeer is a cute little dog who saved Christmas from the evil mailman.
gio2475  1/17/2009
"OH POPEYE! POPEYE!" give me a break!
camilana646  4/7/2009
I am really starting to like the name Olive especially after meeting a little girl who is so sweet with this name. I like it a lot more than Olivia which is so common these days.
hayleyskye  4/8/2009
Well, it's better than Olivia.
The French pronunciation is nicer, though it still doesn't really seem like a name.
Kerules  5/28/2009
The olive has long been a symbol of peace. For example, the olive was sacred to Athena, the Greek goddess of peace; in the Bible, a dove brought Noah an olive branch to demonstrate that the flood was over, and the olive tree, olive oil and the olive itself play many other important roles in the Bible; the olive signified "peace" in the Victorian language of flowers; etc.
― Anonymous User  8/13/2009
I think this is quite an alright name. I much prefer it to Olivia anyway, and whilst I think it would be uncommon in a classroom of children, I think it would be quite refreshing to hear this name in a sea of mundane, overused names - and I like it because of this - names such as Olivia, Lauren, Danielle are just too common. :)
walesgal92  11/14/2009
Quirky and a little vintage-sounding. I think a girl would have to be quite individual for this name to suit her, which makes me like it all the better. Olivia is all right, but it's a bit more flowery than Olive, and it's very overused.
I wouldn't worry about her being called "Olive Oyl." Most kids born in the last ten years have never even heard of Popeye.
― Anonymous User  5/15/2010
A famous bearer was silent film actress Olive Thomas, who practically coined the concept of living fast and dying young. Whenever I hear this name it reminds me of her. It's also vintage and underused, and has a classic, pretty quality.
sunshinechild67  5/20/2010
The olive, or olive tree, is a symbol for peace.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2010
St. Olive (also called Oliva) was a beautiful girl of thirteen, of a noble Palermo, Italy family who was carried off to Tunis by raiding Muslims, in the ninth century.

She was allowed to live in a nearby cave, but when they found that her miracles and cures had converted people to Christianity, she was imprisoned, tortured, and after converting her executioners trying to burn her to death, was beheaded.
Piccadilly  9/30/2010
Olive Penderghast is the main character in the film Easy A, who becomes the most hated girl in school since she lied about her promiscuity.
VMarie  12/26/2010
Cute alternative to Olivia. (: It might make a nice middle name.
Chrila96  2/12/2011
My name is Olivia but my nickname is Olive :P
I think it sounds cute.
ooolive  5/9/2011
I do not see the charm in this name. It sounds horribly modern and kind of tacky, and I'm not very fond of olives, either.
Black_X  7/28/2011
I love olives; I love this name. I first heard it in Easy A. Olive is way better than the overused Olivia, and because olives are so tiny it makes Olive that much cuter. Also, I find Olive to sound very artistic and modern. For some reason I imagine paint splatter when I see this name. Nonetheless, I prefer this as a middle name. I like the combo Celia Olive. Celia sounds elegant and sophisticated, while Olive sounds artistic and unusual, which is a nice contrast. Also, there's the Mount of Olives, which is biblical. That Olive Hornsby thing is unfortunate.
Meapergirl  12/18/2011
In addition, that Olive Oyl thing is old. Like, only old people would know that. I doubt that many kids (depending on what you call "kids") nowadays will have watched Popeye.
Meapergirl  12/18/2011
About olives:
I like pitless black olives and pimento-stuffed green olives; I do not like the simply marinated kind that may or may not have the pits still in them. Sliced black olives are great on (American style, cheese) pizza. They are so small and cute I just want to literally eat them up!

About the name Olive:
Olives are small and cute, and this transfers to Olive as a name. It's far less popular than Olivia and it's shorter, which emphasizes its cute tininess. The small-and-cute impression, though, does not make it too dainty or weak. It sounds like someone saying "I'll live" in my accent (not always, though, as my local dialect is a fickle thing). So it sounds very strong to me, like someone who was in an accident or otherwise had something bad happen to them but still managed to get up, brush themselves off, and say "I'll live," which is a philosophy/mantra that comes in handy very much in this world. Its strength does not make it unfeminine, though.

In conclusion, olives are delectable, sophisticated snacks, and Olive is a tasteful, somehow both old and modern name. It sounds charmingly old fashioned because it was very popular before the beginning of the 20th century, and it sounds modern because it is nature related.
Oh yeah, the Popeye thing doesn't bother me at all, nor would it bother anyone of my (teenaged) generation. If anything, the Olive Hornby association would be an issue. Go Potterheads! :)
Bazinga  2/8/2012
Olive was the name of the levitating girl in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Bazinga  2/8/2012
American country music singer Jake Owen and his wife Lacey Buchanan have a daughter named Olive Pearl (born November 22, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee).
― Anonymous User  12/7/2012
My cousins named their new daughter Olive. A very adorable name and a lot more unique than Olivia, I think.
geminibynature  1/5/2013
I love the name, I think it is cute for a little girl and as she gets older it is also original and sounds creative.
I'm a little scared of the bullying that might occur with that name though.
But I adore it ever since I heard it in Pushing Daisies and Little Miss Sunshine, it is always associated with cute lovable characters.
Marine  1/21/2013
Nah. My middle name is Olivia, and I think it sounds more like a name than Olive. Olive just looks like a word. Plus... it doesn't have the same "ring" the "via" adds.
EstherTester  2/13/2013
I guarantee NO girl named Olive will spend her childhood being called "Olive Oyl." The people saying that must be about 83 years old; most of my entire generation has never even heard of "Popeye," much less do they know who Olive Oyl is specifically. Kids in this generation will think of Olive Doyle from the TV Series "Ant Farm" on Disney Channel. Another little yet very famous bearer is actress Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman's daughter Olive, born back in September, 2012.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2013
Actually, this word is ultimately derived from Greek "elaia," from which Latin "oliva" is derived.
juliared24  6/9/2013
Olivia came after Olive (it's only been in common use since the 1600s), and it has a "v", so that's not quite the same. Not sure what point you were trying to make.
EstherTester  7/4/2013
There is honestly nothing attractive about the food, so why on earth would you give your daughter that same word as a name? You might as well name your son Asparagus.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2013
Honestly I think this name is nice. I picture someone with dark hair and green eyes having this name.
blueeyesparkle  9/5/2013
I named my second daughter Olive. She was born before Drew Barrymore's baby which I assume will only make this name more popular.
I chose this name because I wanted to somehow tie it in with her older sisters name which is Genesis (meaning is Origin; Beginning; it is the first book of the bible). We chose Olive because it has a lot of significance in the bible; the Olive branch signifies peace, Mount of Olives where Jesus met with his disciples.
I later found out that my grandmother had an aunt Olive. I am happy with her name, I will always teach her and her sister to be proud of their names.
Olivenesi  10/21/2013
Olive Ostrovsky is a lovely character from the musical 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I think it's an adorable and unique name!
unafraidofbears  11/12/2013
My name is Olivia and my best friend calls me Olive, which I love. Although in my opinion the two names are very different and bring up two different pictures in my head. The "-via" in Olivia tend to give it more of a lighter feeling.
polkaspot  1/2/2014
Scottish actor David Tennant (born David John McDonald) and his wife Georgia Moffett have a daughter named Olive, who was born 29 March 2011.
la-petite-rachel  1/30/2014
I love this name. It's beautiful and quirky and a nice take on the pretty, but extremely popuar, Olivia.
hattie98  3/27/2014
My name is Olive and I'm blonde, blue eyed, shy, love one direction and creative. It's an awesome name. My friends call me ol. I have always been popular, I never get bullied.
Olive  5/22/2014
A nice, natural skin tone comes with this name, I think.
Hushpuppy  11/20/2014
Nice alternative for Olivia, which is way too common.
Reenie_12  2/14/2015
My last name is Olive, and love it! Don't care what haters opinion on it, and my kid; my nephews and niece's love their last name too.
mulu  7/2/2015
An olive is a vegetable and someone could get picked on for being called Olive! Go for Olivia instead because it sounds much girlier and prettier than Olive.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2015
Pronounced "oll-iv".
― Anonymous User  9/14/2015
Also less common, Olivia is becoming insufferably trendy.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2016
Olives are a type of food... good for pizza toppings but as someone's name?! Incredibly silly.

Also, Olive Oil.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2016
Not liking Olive because of Olive Oyl is like not liking Lucy because of I Love Lucy or not liking Winifred because of Winnie the Pooh.
I think Olive is a sweet name for a sweet little girl.
sugarpop  1/22/2016
I named my daughter Olive. My husband and I have older, less used names and wanted our kids to also have nontrendy names. Not sure what people think an "Olive" should act like or look like, but I think the name fits her perfectly. Her nicknames are Liv, Livi, OJ and her brothers call her Olla.
OAKsmom  1/27/2016
This is such a pretty name, I love it! And much better than Olivia.
― Anonymous User  3/28/2016
Attested to 1296 in England.
earthnut  6/7/2016
I'm really loving this name at the moment. It's so pretty and simple. My late grandmother's name was Olave so it could be a nice tribute to her. I don't think my partner likes it but maybe I could get away with using Olivia :/ and then just call her Olive all the time :D.
chloesaffie  7/5/2016
Such a pretty name. I don't know why people keep saying Olivia is nicer because in my opinion Olivia is overused and sorry, but it reminds me of a really bratty girl. But it's still okay. Olive is so much more though.
Sania01  7/22/2016
My name is Olive... and I love it that way... it's such a sweet name and my friends love it too... it makes me feel proud of myself.
olive nimz nimu  9/10/2016
Don't name your kid after food.
Luvbug86  10/7/2016
I love this name. It's much more unique than the upcoming name Olivia, and just sounds so cute. The name seems to fit nicely for a little girl and as she grows, it will mature.
maurere  12/27/2016
Hello, my name is Olive. I am a brunette, short, brown eyes, and Greek/American. I love the name Olive. I think it is original and unique. I don't particularly like the phrases and comments people use that they thing are funny, but it's just like any other name that has silly things attached to it, like Mary for instance.

Thank you for all the lovely comments about the name Olive, I think that's just so sweet and I do take it as a compliment. No I don't think that it's a name that would be suited for an animal, yes I think it's okay to name your child like a food. No I don't find it offensive. And I hope you all have a lovely day.
Olive.educator  3/11/2017
An anagram of 'I love'.
akg1ltmr  4/14/2017
This is my cat’s name. I think it’s beautiful, cute, and can work for a human as well, though it will probably be confused with Olivia.
theparkite  11/11/2017
Olive is one of my favourite names, it isn't as much of a mouthful as Olivia and sounds more classy to me. I tend to prefer two syllable names apart from Gillian. I haven't known any Olives, wouldn't matter what food was like, just like sound of it, isn't boring or overused or frilly or too long, just sweet. Lana is my other favourite name, I wouldn't let any Olive Oyl taunting put me off either.
GillianW  11/17/2017
My name's Olivia. The only people that call me Olive are my aunt and a boy that I know. I don't mind it. A nickname could be Liv. (I go by Liv.)
Livisnotonfire  11/18/2017
I like this name! Odd, because I detest olives (food) and I somewhat dislike green. But all the same, a lovely name that's recognizable yet rarer and prettier than Olivia!
cdawg  11/20/2017
I actually like Olivia more, but since it's so common I prefer Olive. I also like Livie as a nickname, if she doesn't like Olive. Olives are pretty cool, the symbolism and association with Athena.
XironDarkstar  11/26/2017
As I was sorting through names I came across Olive and I loved it more than any other name so I named my baby, and she's 8 months but the name suits her perfectly and I can't imagine her being named Olivia which wouldn't fit her tiny cute grumpy personality AT ALL. Olivia is pretty but so overused and not as classic. The only problem is, doctors and nurses are lazy readers and assume it's Oliver, and because she wears neutral tones, they don't see she's a girl. My family calls her Ollie, she's a very round baby and it fits her fine, too. It's short and sweet and to the point, and happens to be one of my favorite colors. It is biblical and means peace, which is a bit ironic because she's a moody pants sometimes, but overall I don't regret my choice.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2017
Olive is such a sweet little name. My children are both in elementary school and neither has ever been in class with a child named Olive. Plenty of Olivias. Olivia is a pretty name too, but sometimes it's nice to have a name all to yourself.
Heatherk79  11/29/2017
Olive is also used in France. [noted -ed]
Buneary  12/3/2017
Olive is an agent in the 2014 PBS Kids TV series Odd Squad.
Jumaine3x5  1/13/2018
My name is Olive, and I love my name. Some people may say it’s not fit for a human name, but which name is? Some people call me Olive oil, olives, or Olivia or other names close to it, but that’s okay. I don’t see why people go around saying the name is horrible. The people I have met in my life have loved my name, and one person actually told me that she selected the name for her granddaughter after she met me. So I don’t really care what others think, but if there is any other Olives out there, be proud of your name. As for me, I love my name.
Olive1234  2/5/2018
Singer Marie Osmond's full name is Olive Marie Osmond. Also, her mother's name was Olive May (Davis) Osmond.
That70sShowGeek  2/23/2018
My name is Olive and at first I hated it but I've grown into it now and I love my name.
oliveoil123  2/24/2018

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