The name Olivia is of English origin and means "Ancestor's Descendant." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
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 . Olivia first appeared in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and has become popular ever since. A variation of Olivia is Alyvia. Common nicknames include Oli, 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 an American painter is Olivia De Berardinis. Fictional Olivias include the piglet in the children’s book by Ian Falconer. It is also a popular name on television these days, such as Olivia Benson (Law & Order), Olivia Pope (Scandal), and Olivia Dunham (Fringe). Olivia is an extremely popular name on the user lists of BabyNames.com. It is #4 in BabyNames.com’s most popular names of 2014. In 2013, it was the #3 most popular name in the United States per the Social Security Administration.
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