Olivia is a feminine given name in the English language. It is derived from Latin oliva, olive. Both Oliva and Olivia were Latinate forms in use in English-speaking countries as early as the 13th century. Olive was in common use as a vernacular form.[2] Though not invented by William Shakespeare, the name was popularized by a character in the Twelfth Night.[3]

Olivia
A coloured lithograph of a fruiting branch of an olive plant
Pronunciation/ˈlɪviə/[1]
GenderFeminine
Language(s)English
Name dayApril 15 (Sweden)

May 29 (Finland) (Greece)

June 10 (Italy)
Origin
Language(s)Latin
Meaningolive, olive tree, "peace"
Other names
Pet form(s)Liv, Livi, Livvy, Ollie, Olly, Livia, Livy, Livvie, Livie, Livvi, Olz
Related namesOliva, Olive, Oliver

Olivia has been a popular name throughout the English-speaking world since the mid-1990s, and has been one of the most popular given names for baby girls in the United Kingdom for much of that time.[4] In 2021, it topped Babycenter's top 100[5] and was the third most popular name for girls in Australia.[6] Olivia was the most popular name for girls in both the United States and the United Kingdom in 2020. It has also been among the most popular names for girls in many other European countries, Canada and New Zealand in recent years.[7]

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  1. ^ "Olivia". Dictionary.com Unabridged (Online). n.d. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  2. ^ Uckelman, Sara L. (September 2019) [7-3], "Names Shakespeare Didn't Invent: Imogen, Olivia, and Viola Revisited", Names: A Journal of Onomastics, 67 (3): 153–159{{citation}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  3. ^ Rotulorum Originalium in Curia Scaccarii Abbreviatio. Vol. 1: Temporibus Regum Hen. III (1, 2 ed.). Command of His Majesty King George III. 1805. p. 95b.
  4. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 210, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
  5. ^ Cassell, Amy (November 1, 2021). "Most popular baby names of 2021". babycenter. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  6. ^ "REVEALED: The top Aussie baby names for 2021". 7NEWS. May 12, 2021. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  7. ^ "Meaning, origin and history of the name Olivia".