Olivia is a name with English origins. It was derived from the male name, Oliver, which is a derivation of the old Norse name, Áleifr. Contrary to popular belief, it is not related to olives or the olive tree.
Olivia was the name of a character in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and has become popular ever since. Common nicknames include Liv, Livvy, and Libby.
There are many famous actresses with the name Olivia, including Olivia de Havilland, Olivia Wilde, and Olivia Hussey. One of the more famous actresses/singers is Olivia Newton-John. A famous writer was Olivia Goldsmith and American painter Olivia De Berardinis.
Places in the USA named Olivia include Olivia, North Carolina, and Olivia, Minnesota.
Fictional Olivias include the piglet in the children’s book by Ian Falconer. It is also a popular name for television characters including Olivia Benson (Law & Order), Olivia Pope (Scandal), and Olivia Dunham (Fringe).
Variations include: Alyvia, Olyvia, Elivia
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