Given Name OLIVIA

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: o-LIV-ee-ə (English), o-LEE-vya (Italian, German), o-LEE-bya (Spanish), O-lee-vee-ah (Finnish)   [details]

Meaning & History

This name was first used in this spelling by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy 'Twelfth Night' (1602). Shakespeare may have based it on OLIVER or OLIVA, or perhaps directly on the Latin word oliva meaning "olive". In the play Olivia is a noblewoman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but instead falls in love with his messenger Cesario.

The name has been used in the English-speaking world since the 18th century, though it did not become overly popular until the last half of the 20th century. Its rise in popularity in America was precipitated by a character on the 1970s television series 'The Waltons'.

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VARIANTS: Alivia, Olyvia (English)
DIMINUTIVES: Liv, Livia, Livvy, Ollie (English), Vivi (Swedish), Vivi (Norwegian), Vivi (Danish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Olivie (Czech), Olivie (French), Olívia (Hungarian), Oliwia (Polish), Olívia (Portuguese), Olívia (Slovak)
SAME SPELLING: Olívia
USER SUBMISSION: Ólivía
  United States
2016
  Australia (NSW)
2016
  Austria
not
ranked
2014
  Belgium
2015
  Canada (BC)
2015
  Catalonia
2014
  Chile
2014
  Denmark
2015
  England and Wales
2016
  Finland
2015
  France
2015
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2015
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2015
  Ireland
2015
  Italy
2015
  Netherlands
2016
  New Zealand
2016
  Northern Ireland
2015
  Norway
2015
  Poland
2014
  Portugal
2016
  Scotland
2016
  Spain
2015
  Sweden
2016
  Switzerland
2013

Sources & References

  • Cleveland Kent Evans, The Great Big Book of Baby Names (2006)