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 1.0508%
2008 4 17,078 1.105%
2009 3 17,433 1.1664%
2010 4 17,022 1.1812%
2011 4 17,321 1.2157%
2012 4 17,310 1.2147%
2013 3 18,414 1.2933%
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%
2020 1 17,242 1.3546%
2021 1 16,509 1.3505%
2022 1 16,573 1.2562%

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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




Olive tree



A short form of Olivia.



Olive tree



Olive tree



A diminutive form of Olivia.


Olive tree



Olive tree


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

Olive tree



Blessed, holy; successful; olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree



Olive tree


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




Elf or magical being, friend



White, noble, bright



White, noble, bright



White, noble, bright



From Lydia







Indian (Sanskrit)

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




Vocal solo



To live



Free man



Whole or universal



Desired one









Celestial star



Strength and vigor


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

Manly and powerful






God is salvation



Shining light



Hay meadow



God is gracious



Elf or magical counsel



Noble, bright, famous









Wealthy protector



Helmeted head



Hill of heather



Fuller of cloth



Helmet of will



Hairless one






God is my oath



Lily flower



Olive tree



Dear, beloved



  1. Both the father and I liked it.
    We gave her the middle name Jean after my aunt who passed and Olivia Jean went really well together. She is absolutely precious and we love her so much already

  2. It’s a name I heard and always wanted for my future daughter. We will also call her Livi for short, which was another reason I love the name. One thing I dislike might be the recent popularity of the name.

  3. I love the name Olivia and my little princess looked like a little Olivia

  4. Hello my name is Olivia. I was named after my grandmother Olivia back in 60. That was in the time when Olivia’s name was not popular. Infact not really known. But as the years pass me by I came to realize. I have a beautiful name. I am loving free spirit. I love to sing and imagination. I believe Olivia’s is a wonderful name.

  5. Olivia was never on my list of names but about halfway thru pregnancy I heard it shortened to Livi on a TV show and we just knew that was going to be her name. We went back and forth on her middle name and ended up picking it after she was born. She is our sweet Livi Fae ?

    • My daughter is named Olivia Faye
      and I fell in love with Olivia on a tv show I was at my 3rd trimester when I new it was here nana an kept trying to find a middle name an I settle on Faye

  6. We debated over her first name a long time. Olivia was one of the few that we could agree on. I took about a week to mik it over and everything I kept seeing was telling me that she was an Olivia! I like Olivia not just because it’s pretty, but it also stems from olive which is associated with the olive branch, known to be a symbol of peace in the Bible (Gen. 8:1)

  7. It means peace!

  8. In our searches for her name we found that in one language it means olive tree, specifically representing the peace of Christ. We also just loved how it flowed, just like her easygoing nature!

  9. It was my grandma name

  10. I love the name Olivia because it so cute and my name is Olivia and im my class there is someone called Olivia Rugman.

  11. I have always loved the name and it fit with my other daughters’ names. I went for a Victorian theme with their names

    • I agree with Ashley’s comment

  12. I just love the name Olivia

    • This is great. Excellent sites.

  13. I had a great Aunt named Olivia which I was quite fond of. I also love to garden so my daughters have plants as their middle names. Olivia Ivy

  14. I like that it is sweet, southern and timeless.

    Olivia linked to the name Oliver which comes from olive like the olive tree. This made me think of giving a olive branch or peace offering!

    I also prayed that God would give me the name of my baby from the list of names that I had written down and Olivia was it!

  15. It reminds me of sunshine

  16. My last name starts with O so my friends and I were joking about names that would give her a terrible monogram. I suggested “McKenna Olivia Orth” and we all laughed, but then I couldn’t get the name Olivia out of my head! And we still sometimes call her Moo.

  17. I named my baby Olivia nia marie because I love the name Olivia my husband wanted her name nia and my niece wanted her named after her so that’s where marie came in so she has a name from 3 people Olivia is an olive tree and I love olives

  18. I picked the name Olivia because that was my great grandmothers name.

  19. My sister picked out the name. She calls her Olive

  20. Classy, traditional and girly

  21. It was a random last minute switch after finding it on Google with our last name! I like that it’s a classic but still unique enough.

  22. My Husband and I are big on the meanings of names for the most part. When trying to find a name for our Christmas baby I wanted a name that was Christmas-y without being too Christmas-y. Olivia has always been on our lists and this time it just seemed perfect!

    Olivia is based off of the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive.” The Olive Tree is a symbol of peace, wisdom, fertility, prosperity, health, luck, victory, stability and tranquillity. The peace and tranquillity are what jumped out at me to associate this name with Christmas.

  23. I actually like this name. Its pretty. and latin lol

  24. My husband mentioned it back in July. I questioned if I liked it for us because our other daughter is named Lydia. I thought they sounded too much alike. But that was the name we kept going back to. We think it is perfect.

  25. I love the name Olivia!!! I have a girl named olivia! I love the name olivia but we call her livy. i also love the name livy! I love names that have a nickname so i found the name olivia and fell in love

  26. My Name.

  27. I had picked ‘Olivia’ years ago and always thought it sounded classic but interesting. After finding out I was pregnant with a girl I thought I could find something better than Olivia but after trying what felt like every other girl name and finding one that both me and my husband agreed on, seemed impossible!! So we went back to our original plan and named her Olivia Wren

  28. Hi my name is Olivia my friends always call me Liv but at home it’s Via . My little sister is called Matilda we call her Tilly though .But the name Olivia is quite peaceful where Tilly or Matilda means mighty battle which is quite confusing actually .?????

    Bye ?

  29. My daughters name is Olivia and what I love about it is how classic and cute it is! The thing I don’t like is when people think her name is “Lydia“. I also don’t appreciate people calling her “Oli” as a nickname, her nickname is Livy thank you very much. If you like the name I definitely recommend it, the pros outweigh the cons 10 to 1.

  30. The name was chosen out of an anagram from both her parents. I love it very much and it fits her.

  31. My son and her father picked the name out. It sounds sweet with my grandmas middle name Evelyn.

  32. I chose Olivia because my mom’s maiden name is Oliver. Her middle name, Grayce, is after my Aunt Grace that died while I was pregnant with her

  33. Olivia is a beautiful bright little girl. However Olivia stays up all night and wants to sleep all day. What can I do to flip her sleeping pattern?

    • My name is actually Olivia 🙂 Olivia Grace. I’m always called Liv by basically everyone. I’ve never really liked Olivia for me. It’s cool to me because when my mom was pregnant with me, she loved Olives! She ate them 24/7 and she said she never even thought about it until I brought the coincidence up

  34. We choose Olivia because it is a beautiful name, quite simple and easy to be pronounced here in the USA or in our home country, Brazil. Interestingly, she was born on 12/12 which will eliminar confusions with her birthday as well, onde we use a different standard in Brazil.

  35. happy baby girl

  36. Olivia reminded us of an olive branch or peace offering. Liv can be a nickname and means life. We always liked the people we met with the name.

  37. I choose Olivia because i always loved it

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

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

  40. We love the name

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

  42. 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!

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

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

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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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.

  50. 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!

  51. Olivia is a cute little pumpkin

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

  53. 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.

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

  55. 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!

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

  57. 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! ?

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

    • My late wife did the same thing. I was not in the state when she gave birth. I got the news it was a girl. She was asking what are we going to name her I told her not to worry I have a name already she was surprised when I told her to name her Olivia and she fall in love with the name as well. And that was the child I have before she passed away??

  59. Loved the name for years. fits her perfectly

  60. 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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