[ 4 syll. o-li-via, ol-iv-ia ] The baby girl name Olivia is pronounced as ah-LIHV-iy-ah (English) or ow-LIY-Viy-aa (German) †. Olivia is an English, German, and Italian name of Latin origin. The form Olivia was first used by Shakespeare as the name of the countess in his comedy Twelfth Night (1601). Other than basing the name on the Latin 'olivarius', he could also have directly coined the name as a feminine form of Oliver, or else from the medieval name Oliva, which was borne by Saint Oliva (-138), who was martyred under Hadrian.
Olivia is a widely used name; it has 42 variations that are used in English and other languages. English variations of Olivia include Alivah, Alivia (used in Latin too), Alyvia, Livrie, Nola, Nollie, Oilbhe, Oleta, Olevia, Olia, Olida, Oliff, Oliffe, Olive (used in French too), Olivee, Oliveea, Oliveia, Oliveria, Olivet, Olivetta, Olivette, Olivey, Olivi, Oliviah, Olivianne, Olivie, Olivija, Olivine, Olivy, and Olivya. Other English forms include the diminutives Liv (used in Latin too), Livia (used in Hebrew too), Livie, Livvy, and Ollie, and the spelling variant Olivea. Oliva (Italian), Oliwia (Hawaiian), and Oliwja (Polish) are variations of the name that are used in other languages.
The origin and thus the meaning of Olivia is inherited by all variant forms.
Olivia is very popular as a baby girl name, and it is also regarded as fairly trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1970s. At the recent peak of its usage in 2014, 1.015% of baby girls were named Olivia. It had a ranking of #2 then. In 2018, its usage was 0.971% and its ranking #2, and it was the most popular out of all girl names in its family. In 2018, Olivia was 13 times more widely used than the next most popular name, Alivia.
† Pronunciation for Olivia: AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Olivia is Olivia De Havilland, Actress, born 1 July 1916, Tokyo, Japan.