Olympia - Meaning of Olympia
[ 5 syll. o-lym-pia, ol-ymp-ia ] The baby girl name Olympia is pronounced as owLIYIY-MPiy-aa- †. Olympia is of Old Greek origin. It is used mainly in English, French, German, and Greek. The meaning of Olympia is 'from Mount Olympus'. The name is derived from the place name Mount Olympus, originally Olympias (Old Greek), home of the gods in Greek mythology. The name was borne by Olympias (376-316 BC), the Epirote princess and mother of Alexander the Great. The name was also made known from the Edouard Manet nude painting Olympia (1863), which created an uproar when it was exhibited. Olympia is the feminine equivalent of the Italian Olimpio.
Olympia has 19 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Olimpi, Olimpiana, Olimpias, Olimpie, Ollie, Olympas, Olympey, Olympi, Olympiad, Olympian, Olympias, Olympy, and Olypme. Another English variant is the familiar form Pia (also used in Dutch, Greek, Italian, Polish, and Scandinavian).
Forms used in foreign languages include the French Olimpe, the Russian Olimpiada, the French Olympe, and the German Olympie. The spelling variant Olimpia (Italian, Polish, and Spanish) is another foreign form.
Olympia is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1917 with 0.006% of baby girls being named Olympia. It was #863 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a decline in frequency since then, and is of only sporadic use now. Among all girl names in its family, Olympia was nevertheless the most widely used in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Olympia include Olimpe, Olimpi, Olimpie, Olympe, Olympey, Olympi, Olympie, and Olympy.
† Pronunciation for Olympia: OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"