Girl Names baby nameOlivia

What does the name Olivia mean?

The different meanings of the name Olivia are:
  • English Meaning: Elf army.
  • Latin Meaning: Peace, olive tree.
The meaning of the name “Olivia” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The name Olivia was first used by Shakespeare in his play Twelfth Night, and there are conflicting ideas on how he came up with the name, which gives the name Olivia two distinct meanings – it was either a feminine form of the name ‘Oliver’, giving the name the ancient Germanic meaning of ‘elf warrior’, or it was derived from the Latin word ‘oliva’, probably after the name 'olivarius' (meaning olive tree), which would give Olivia the meaning ‘Olive’. Common diminutives for Olivia are Oli, Ollie, Liv, and Livvy in English speaking countries, with Vivi being popular in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Common misspellings are ‘Oliva’ and ‘Olvia’, and common variants are Alivia and Olyvia.

Olivia saw a spike in popularity during the nineties in the USA, climbing from being 72nd to the 20th most popular name for girls by 1999; it has seen further increases in popularity since then; in 2005 it ranked at number 5 in USA, while in 2012 it ranked at number 4 and was the second most popular name for girls in the USA in 2014. Similar popularity for the name Olivia is seen in England and Wales, where the name was the most popular between 2008 and 2010, and fell to second between 2011 and 2013.

Famous people with the name Olivia include Olivia Newton-John (Australian singer and actress), Olivia Harrison (widow of musician George Harrison), and Olivia Olson (American actress).

One of Hollywood’s most legendary actresses was named Olivia de Havilland, and she was, arguably, one half of one of the longest running celebrity family feuds in history. Her younger sister, Joan Fontaine, and Olivia never saw eye to eye, and they were reported to have been arguing from as early as the 1930s, at the start of their acting careers, right up until Joan’s death in 2013. The sisters were nominated for best actress Oscars in the same year as each other not once, but several times during their careers.