Of Latin origin.
Derived from the word “oliva”, meaning “olive”.
It was used in England from the early 13th century.
Became known after William Shakespeare used it for a character in his play “Twelfth Night” in 1602.
It is associated with the Late Latin name Oliva. It may also be associated with the masculine name Oliver.
Although it has been used for a couple of centuries, it became very popular during the second half of the 20th century.
Variants are: Alivia, Liv, Livia, Ollie, Vivi, Olivie.
Famous bearers are Olivia Newton-John, Olivia de Havilland, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Williams, Olivia Munn, Olivia Colman, Olivia Hussey, Olivia Williams, Olivia Barash, Olivia Brown, Olivia Tennet.
Olivia is a very popular name in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States, England and Wales, Belgium, Sweden, Scotland, Finland, and Denmark.
Olivia Newton-John performed John Farrar’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You” for the soundtrack of “Grease”. The song received an Oscar nomination and ranked in many countries top 10.