Wondering where the name Olivia came from? Unfortunately, the derivation of the name is uncertain. Shakespeare used it in Twelfth Night, and he may have based on the Latin word for "olive," oliva, or on the male name Oliver, or...on some other name or word.
One thing we do have a lot of information about is usage. After being a moderately popular baby name for decades, Olivia slowly declined in popularity from the late '40s through the early '70s. The decline was reversed with the help of a character named Olivia on the popular TV show The Waltons (1971-1981). The name plateaued at about 200th place for a little more than a decade, then in the mid-1980s it began to rise again. It first broke into the top 100 in 1990, and here's how it's ranked since that point:
- 2009 - 3rd most popular girl name in the U.S.
- 2008 - 4th
- 2007 - 7th
- 2006 - 7th
- 2005 - 5th
- 2004 - 4th
- 2003 - 5th
- 2002 - 10th
- 2001 - 10th
- 2000 - 16th
- 1999 - 20th
- 1998 - 21st
- 1997 - 27th
- 1996 - 34th
- 1995 - 39th
- 1994 - 50th
- 1993 - 50th
- 1992 - 58th
- 1991 - 61st
- 1990 - 72nd
Notable women with the name Olivia include:
- Olivia D'Abo (b. 1969) - English actress.
- Olivia Goldsmith (1949-2004) - American writer.
- Olivia de Havilland (b. 1916) - American actress.
- Olivia Hussey (b. 1951) - British actress.
- Olivia Judson (b. 1970) - British biologist.
- Olivia Manning (1908-1980) - British writer.
- Olivia Munn (b. 1980) - American actress.
- Olivia Newton-John (b. 1948) - Australian singer and actress.
- Olivia Nordgren (1880-1969) - Swedish politician.
- Olivia O'Leary (b. 1949) - Irish journalist.
- Olivia Wilde (b. 1984) - Irish-American actress.
- Olivia Williams (b. 1968) - English actress.
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