[ 1 syll. liv, li-v ] The baby girl name Liv is pronounced as LihV or Liy-V †. Liv is a German, Latin, Scandinavian, and English name of Old Norse and Latin origin. Old Norse origin, German, Latin, and Scandinavian use: The name is derived from the Old Norse 'hlif' (meaning protection, defence), but modern use is often linked to the Norwegian word 'liv'. The name also appeared in Norse mythology as the name of an obscure character.
In addition, Liv is a short form of the name Livia (English, German, Hebrew, and Italian).
Liv is also a familiar form of the name Olivia (English, German, and Italian) in the English and Latin languages.
Liv has 14 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants of Liv used in English include Leev, Livea, Livee, Livi, Livie, Livija, Liviya, Livvy, Livy, Livya, Lyv, and Lyvia. A variant of the name in other languages is Live (Scandinavian).
Liv is rather popular as a baby girl name, and it is also considered fairly trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 2010s. At the modest peak of its usage in 2018, 0.023% of baby girls were given the name Liv. It was #684 in rank then. Out of the family of girl names directly linked to Liv, Olivia was the most commonly used in 2018. It was 42 times more regularly used than Liv in that year.
† Pronunciation for Liv: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)"
A famous person named Liv is Actress Liv Tyler, born 1 July 1977, Portland, Maine.