Olive - girls name

Olive name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 99%

Olive name meaning:

The name Olive has a rich and diverse history, stemming from various cultures and languages. It is derived from the Latin word "oliva," meaning "olive tree." In ancient times, the olive tree was highly regarded and associated with peace, fertility, and prosperity. As a result, the name Olive often carries connotations of peace, harmony, and abundance.

Olive is also known for its biblical references, particularly in Christianity, where it symbolizes strength, endurance, and reconciliation. This symbolism arises from the olive branch carried by the dove that Noah released from the Ark, representing the end of the great flood and the beginning of a new era of peace.

Moreover, the name Olive gained popularity in the early 20th century and became associated with warmth, kindness, and a gentle nature. It exudes a sense of natural beauty and simplicity, reflecting the characteristics of the olive tree itself. Overall, the name Olive evokes a sense of serenity, strength, and connection with nature, making it a beautiful choice for parents seeking a timeless and meaningful name for their daughter.

Origin: English

Unsurprisingly, the name Olive relates to the tree of the same name. Hugely historically and culturally important throughout the Mediterranean region the olive tree is known for its little fruits (olives) and oil. However, it is not the fruit that the name refers to.

Olive branches have traditionally been offered as a symbol of peace. The latin word 'oliva' relates to peace and so the tree is named thus.


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Related names

Olive , Livvy , Oliva, Ollie

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Overall UK ranking: 74 out of 5581

691 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • England (75)
  • Wales (90)
  • Scotland (153)

Historical popularity of Olive

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