Of Latin origin.
From the English word “olive”, deriving from the Latin “oliva”.
Olive is the olive tree’s fruit, of great importance in the Mediterranean counties because it is the source of olive oil.
It may be associated with the name Olivia.
The olive branch is a symbol of peace.
According to Greek mythology, it is goddess Athena who planted the first olive tree, beside the well created by Poseidon trident at the Acropolis of Athens.
Olive wreaths were worn by brides and also awarded to the victors of the Olympic Games.
Other forms of the name are: Ollie, Olivette, Olly.
Famous bearers are Olive Marie Osmond, Olive Loughnane, Olive Sturgess, Olive Carey.