Olivia (given name)

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Pronunciation /ˈlɪviə/
Gender Feminine
Language(s) English
Language(s) English, Latin
Meaning olive tree of heaven
Other names
See also Olive, Oliver, Livia, Liv

Olivia /ˈlɪviə/[1] is a popular feminine given name in the English language. It is a Latinate name derived, first coined by William Shakespeare for a character in the Twelfth Night. It is possible that Shakespeare may have intended this name as a feminine form of Oliver; another possibility is that he may have derived it from the Latin oliva,ae, which translates into English as "olive".


Olivia has been a popular name throughout the English-speaking world since the mid-1990s.[2] In 2013 it was the third most popular name for girls in Australia.[3]



  • Olivia, minor character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Olivia, protagonist of several children's books by Ian Falconer
  • Olivia, character in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night
  • Olivia Benford, character on FlashForward, played by Sonya Walger
  • Olivia Benson, character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, played by Mariska Hargitay
  • Olivia Blake, character from the American soap opera Sunset Beach
  • Olivia Burke, character in the television series "Gossip Girl"
  • Olivia Castle, a flirtatious character in Final Destination 5
  • Olivia Dunham, character in the television series Fringe
  • Olivia Falconeri, character from the long-running American soap opera General Hospital
  • Olivia Fuller, character from Family Guy
  • Olivia Harper, nurse in the American comedy-drama Grey's Anatomy
  • Olivia Kidney, main character in Olivia Kidney (book series by Ellen Potter)
  • Olivia Pope, a character in the hit TV show Scandal
  • Olivia Robinson, character played by Alaina Reed on the long-running children's series Sesame Street
  • Olivia Spencer, character from the long-running American soap opera Guiding Light
  • Olivia Vertigo, a character from Jenny Nimmo's Children of the Red King series
  • Olivia Walter from the children's novel series Main Street by Ann M. Martin
  • Olivia Walton, matriarch of the Walton clan on the TV series The Waltons
  • Olivia Barber Winters, a character on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless


  1. ^ Olivia, Dictionary.com, retrieved 30 November 2010  which cited: Dictionary.com Unabridged, Random House 
  2. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 210, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1 
  3. ^ "Australia’s 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-10.