Olivia (name)

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Olivia
Pronunciation/ˈlɪviə/[1]
GenderFeminine
Language(s)English
Name dayAugust 31
Origin
Language(s)English, Latin
Word/nameLatin
DerivationOlive
Meaningolive tree
Other names
See alsoOlive, Oliver, Livia, Liv, Livi

Olivia is a feminine given name in the English language. It is derived from Latin oliva "olive". The name was first popularised by William Shakespeare's character in the Twelfth Night, but in fact the name occurs in England as early as the thirteenth century.[2]

Olivia has been a popular name throughout the English-speaking world since the mid-1990s, and has been one of the most popular given names for baby girls in the UK for much of that time.[3] In 2013, it was the third- most popular name for girls in Australia.[4] Olivia was the second-most popular name in the United States in 2017. Since 2014, Olivia has been the most popular given name to baby girls in the UK for four consecutive years running.[5]

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  1. ^ "Olivia". Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  2. ^ Rotulorum Originalum in Curia Scaccarii Abbreviatio, volume 1: Temporibus Regum Hen. III, Ed. I, and Ed. II. Printed by Command of His Majesty King George III, 1805. p. 95b.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ "Australia's 100 most popular baby names". Kidspot. April 2, 2013. Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  5. ^ https://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2017.htm