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The first name 

Olivia is a female first name. In very rare cases it is also used for boys.

Olivia is a very popular name!

In the US, Olivia is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common girls names and is currently in place 2. In fact, one out auf 300 girls under the age of 10 is named Olivia. In total, there are currently 515,984 people – children, adults and seniors – named Olivia living in the United States, which is approximately 0.15 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Olivia mean?

The first name Olivia is derived from the Latin word ‘olīva’, which can be translated as ‘olive tree’, ‘olive branch’ or ‘olive’, and is the feminine form of Oliver.

Interesting facts! An olive branch has a high symbolic meaning that goes back to the customs of ancient Greece. It stands for peace and victory and is therefore often used in supplications to the gods.

Many famous people are also called Olivia

Singer, songwriter, actress and activist

Olivia Newton-John (1948 - 2022)
She was one of the biggest stars of the 1970s and 1980s and was not only a singer and four-time Grammy winner but also an actress, songwriter and activist for environmental and animal rights issues. One of her most successful releases was the album Grease for the film Grease, in which she starred alongside John Travolta.

Academy Award Winner

Olivia Colman (*1974)
The british actress is best known for her comedic and dramatic roles in film and televison. Besides the Academy Award for Best Actress in 'The Favourite', she also won three Golden Globes.

A writer

Olivia Goldsmith (1949 - 2004)
The American author was one of the world's most successful authors of witty, ironic women's literature. Her bestseller 'First Wives Club' sold over five million copies and was made into a film of the same name in 1996 starring Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.

Beauty pageant winner

Olivia Culpo (*1992)
She is an American beauty queen. She won the title as Miss Rhode Island, Miss USA and Miss Universe 2012. Besides this activity she also became a social media personality, influencer and had a few roles in movies.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Olivia, you might first think of a woman or a girl. But did you know that there are also places with the name Olivia? Are you also called Olivia? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

A lake...

with the name Olivia you will find in Highland County, Florida and in Alberta, Canada.

Olivia Creek...

is a stream in Canada and is at a height of 4.7 ft (1.454 metres).

There are several...

towns and villages with the name Olivia in the U.S., for example in the states of Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

(835) Olivia...

is a main belt asteroid discovered by German astronomer Max Wolf in Heidelberg on September 23, 1916.

Olivia -
a number 1 name of this millennium!

4 - this is the number of times that the first name Olivia has entered the top position, i.e. rank 1, of the most popular first names for girls in the USA. The last time was not so long ago, in the year 2022, when 16,589 newborn girls were given this beautiful name. And even when it wasn't on top in the past, it has been given by new parents to their daughters every year since first name statistics began in 1880, putting it in the exclusive circle of only 432 first names for girls that are given at least 5 times a year in the USA. This makes Olivia one of the timeless classics among first names that have truly become part of the American identity.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Olivia was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Olivia - the most popular first name for girls in 2022

In the latest surveys, from the year 2022, the name occupies the first place and is therefore currently the most popular first name for girls among young parents - no name has been given more often recently. This was very different in the past: in the year 1971, the first name Olivia was on rank #525 - at that time, 335 newborn girls were given this name.

Olivia -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Nevada

There are only 537 different women’s names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Olivia is one of them. However, Olivia is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Nevada seem to particularly fancy this name – the 3,265 women called Olivia who live here are 0,731% of all female residents and push their name up to #15, easily placing it in the top 100 most common female names in Nevada.

Olivia has 6 letters 
and begins with an O

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter O is quite rare as a first letter for girls' names: only 1.0% of all common girls' names in the US begin with an O. By the way, the most common first letters of girls' names are A, S and M, while U, X and Q are the least common initials of girls' names.

With six letters, the name Olivia is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Therefore: As 1.0% of all girls' names begin with an O, this initial letter is significantly less common than the other letters on average. However, individual girls' names with O are really popular, the most common currently being Olivia.

Other names with 
O, l, i, v, i and a

If you take all the letters in the name Olivia – O, l, i, v, i and a – and put them together again, you can form another name, such as Violia.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Olivia

If your name is Olivia and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Olivia

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Olivia, you can simply say:







This is how the name Olivia is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Olivia in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Olivia

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Olivia is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Olivia

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Olivia sounds like this: