Olivia Name Meaning

Proud, distinguished, and beautiful to boot, Olivia is a classic name with widespread appeal. While the name was used as early as the 13th century, it’s recently been the darling of many parents’ eye and has skyrocketed in popularity.

Olivia has the foundations of success with her trendy V sound like Ava or Violet and -ia ending found in Mia and Sophia. She wears well, fitting like the little black dress of the name world with her chameleon-like ability to grow and blossom with age. She’s precious on an infant and devine on a grown woman, her style unmatched.

Literary fans will delight that the name first became popular when Shakespeare used it for a character in his play The Twelfth Night. She holds her head high among the hoards of Shakespearean female characters like Ariel, Juliet, and Portia. For a more lighthearted use, Olivia stars in Ian Falconer’s Olivia board books about a fashionable pig bursting with New York City culture.

Variants of name include the trendy spelling Alivia along with the shortened Livia. The name also provides scores of nicknames from the mature Liv to the lively Livvy. For a taste of tomboy, there’s always Ollie as well.

Infographic of Olivia name meaning, which is Olivia is derived from the Latin oliva meaning an olive or olive tree, often seen as a symbol of peace.
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Olivia Name Popularity

How popular is the name Olivia? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 262 176 0.05%
1911 283 146 0.0392%
1912 270 233 0.0462%
1913 280 246 0.0434%
1914 289 295 0.0423%
1915 310 326 0.0359%
1916 287 390 0.0404%
1917 281 440 0.044%
1918 293 435 0.0405%
1919 290 442 0.0422%
1920 285 490 0.0441%
1921 297 453 0.0396%
1922 282 495 0.0444%
1923 279 499 0.0446%
1924 295 472 0.0406%
1925 291 493 0.0436%
1926 309 428 0.0389%
1927 295 470 0.0425%
1928 307 415 0.0388%
1929 312 405 0.0391%
1930 325 367 0.0351%
1931 324 346 0.0351%
1932 322 352 0.0356%
1933 327 314 0.0337%
1934 329 328 0.0339%
1935 320 338 0.0348%
1936 308 345 0.0358%
1937 312 352 0.0357%
1938 297 408 0.0399%
1939 291 411 0.0404%
1940 265 510 0.048%
1941 262 562 0.0499%
1942 252 713 0.0565%
1943 262 676 0.0518%
1944 244 702 0.0566%
1945 278 583 0.0478%
1946 270 687 0.0466%
1947 257 825 0.0494%
1948 261 816 0.0511%
1949 259 834 0.0518%
1950 281 727 0.0452%
1951 304 637 0.0376%
1952 303 666 0.0382%
1953 334 581 0.0328%
1954 334 614 0.0336%
1955 354 560 0.0304%
1956 389 487 0.0258%
1957 403 483 0.0251%
1958 389 514 0.0272%
1959 421 471 0.0248%
1960 439 448 0.0236%
1961 462 407 0.0216%
1962 466 387 0.0211%
1963 452 418 0.0233%
1964 464 390 0.0222%
1965 452 399 0.0244%
1966 506 299 0.0192%
1967 509 305 0.0201%
1968 536 274 0.0182%
1969 516 316 0.0205%
1970 530 312 0.0196%
1971 542 291 0.0194%
1972 504 305 0.0224%
1973 486 317 0.0245%
1974 399 473 0.0364%
1975 232 1,022 0.0795%
1976 196 1,218 0.0945%
1977 227 1,079 0.08%
1978 197 1,297 0.0965%
1979 210 1,225 0.0869%
1980 231 1,091 0.0746%
1981 243 1,003 0.0682%
1982 228 1,095 0.0733%
1983 228 1,061 0.0719%
1984 222 1,140 0.0766%
1985 248 1,004 0.0661%
1986 214 1,212 0.0803%
1987 165 1,685 0.1104%
1988 134 2,123 0.1362%
1989 123 2,425 0.1503%
1990 72 4,622 0.2789%
1991 61 5,598 0.3434%
1992 58 5,803 0.3636%
1993 50 6,336 0.4064%
1994 50 6,432 0.4191%
1995 39 7,624 0.5059%
1996 34 8,123 0.5425%
1997 27 9,477 0.6408%
1998 21 10,610 0.7089%
1999 20 11,254 0.7515%
2000 16 12,852 0.8413%
2001 10 13,978 0.9277%
2002 10 14,630 0.9763%
2003 5 16,146 1.0613%
2004 4 16,105 1.0567%
2005 5 15,691 1.0263%
2006 7 15,498 0.9898%
2007 7 16,580 1.0509%
2008 4 17,078 1.105%
2009 3 17,433 1.1664%
2010 4 17,022 1.1812%
2011 4 17,321 1.2158%
2012 4 17,310 1.2147%
2013 3 18,414 1.2934%
2014 2 19,791 1.3584%
2015 2 19,669 1.3518%
2016 2 19,327 1.3405%
2017 2 18,632 1.335%
2018 2 17,921 1.3044%
2019 1 18,451 1.363%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Olivia

If you like Olivia, you’ll love these other names like Olivia.


What names are diminutives of Olivia?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Olivia sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Olivia, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Liv

Defense

Scandinavian

Liva

Olive tree

Latin

Livia

A short form of Olivia.

Latin

Livvie

Olive tree

Latin

Livvy

Olive tree

Latin

Livy

A diminutive form of Olivia.

Olive

Olive tree

English

Ollie

Olive tree

Latin


What names are variants of Olivia?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Olivia.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alivia

Olive tree

American

Olia

Blessed, holy; successful; olive tree

Scandinavian

Oliff

Olive tree

Latin

Oliffe

Olive tree

Latin

Oliva

Olive tree

Latin

Oliveea

Olive tree

Latin

Olivet

Olive tree

Latin

Olivetta

Olive tree

Latin

Olivette

Olive tree

Latin

Olivija

Olive tree

Latin

Olivine

Olive tree

Latin

Olivya

Olive tree

Latin

Olva

Olive tree

Latin


What names sound like Olivia?

If you like how Olivia sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Olivia.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alva

Elf

Scandinavian

Alvie

Elf or magical being, friend

English

Elva

White, noble, bright

Irish

Elvia

White, noble, bright

Irish

Elvie

White, noble, bright

Irish

Lydia

From Lydia

Greek

Ulva

Wolf

German

Vidya

What names are similar to Olivia?

Find a name that’s like Olivia, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Amelia

Work

German

Aria

Vocal solo

English

Ava

To live

Latin

Charlotte

Free man

French

Emma

Whole or universal

German

Evelyn

Desired one

English

Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

Sophia

Wisdom

Greek

Stella

Celestial star

Latin

Valeria

Strength and vigor

Italian


Lists With Olivia

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Olivia.


Siblings of Olivia

Mamas with kids named Olivia also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Elaina

Shining light

Greek

Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

Alyssa

Rational

Greek

Andrew

Manly and powerful

Greek

Hailey

Hay meadow

English

25 Comments

  1. I choose Olivia because i always loved it

  2. We fell in love with the name based on my husband’s ancestry and all the nicknames (e.g. Olive!) we could use

  3. I always wanted to name my baby olivia and she is my last so I finally got to name my baby olivia

  4. We love the name

  5. This is was the only name that both my husband and I could agree upon. ?

  6. We chose a name that would translate well in both English and Spanish. Mostly so that my mom, whose first language is Spanish, wouldn’t have a hard time pronouncing an English name. We also call her Liv or Livie!

  7. Olivia comes from “Olive” which is a symbol of peace. We thought peace in the time of a pandemic was perfect. We also used the “peace” keyword with Hynobabies during her birth.

    We’ve always like the name Olivia.

  8. My oldest name is Hailey, so I wanted a name that went along with that, it just so happens I was reading a book and the character name was Olivia, I instantly fell in love with the name and the many different nicknames for Olivia.

  9. We loved the name Olivia for a girl or Oliver for a boy. It’s perfect for her personality.

  10. Named her after my mum whose favourite colour was green.

  11. I chose the name Olivia because I named my LO after my late Mum who loved color green and so I found the name Olivia befitting. She’s also called Christine which I had to give her because we are Catholics and it vines from us the parents Chris and Catherine

  12. Husband and I chose Olivia because it is classic and modern at the same time and a name that baby can grow into. Also for the fact it was the only name we both loved

  13. When my husband & I first started dating, one of our favorite shows to watch together was “Scandal”. The main character’s name is “Olivia”. I love the sound of the name however I wish I had spelled it differently. “Alivia” would have been a more unique spin on this very popular name.

  14. My husband mentioned the name, and it was one of the only ones we both liked. It was never a name I thought I would have used at first, I spent a few days looking over at her clothes and saying it, and then it finally felt right. I also liked all the nicknames we could use, Livy, Via, or just V!

  15. Olivia is a cute little pumpkin

  16. I named her after my husband’s mother that passed away

  17. I really love feminine sounding girl names, especially French names (our first daughter’s name is Noelle), and Olivia was one of my top choices that my husband liked also.

  18. Just love the name and it’s not too common.

  19. Her daddy and I thought of her name well before we started trying. It was the only name we picked and thankfully it was a girl!

  20. We decided Oliva after my great uncle Ckarence Oliver. He was a WW II fighter pilot that was shot down during the war.

  21. I loved this name from the moment I heard it! Her middle name is Jade which we thought flowed so nicely. We love everything about her name and get so many compliments on it! She is just now starting to somewhat understand her name (she’s 12 weeks) which is awesome to see! ?

  22. Wanted vowels names and loved the sound of this with middle name Lynn

  23. Loved the name for years. fits her perfectly

  24. We wanted a name that we thought sounded pretty and didn’t remind us of anyone in particular. I don’t like how popular it is and we went back and forth on it for a while due to the popularity, but decided we wanted to us the name because we loved it.


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