Olympia Name Meaning & Origin

Olympia

Pronunciation: oh-LIM-pee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Olympia:

Feminine form of the Greek Olympios (of Olympus, the mountain in northern Greece that was the home of the gods in Greek mythology). Olympia was the name of a plain in ancient Elis in western Peloponnesus which was sacred to the Greek gods. Olympia was considered the sanctuary of Zeus, and contained the Doric temples of Hera and Zeus, along with many other magnificent treasures and architectural structures. It was also the site of the ancient Olympic games.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Olimpia, Olympe

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Other meanings: Heaven-like and Heavenly

Personal experiences with the name Olympia: | Edit

I have a daughter named Olympia. We chose that name from a baby book a few hours after she was born due to the name meaning “Heavenly” and the harrowing events surrounding her birth. It was a total coincidence she was born at the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics; the Washington DC area was hit with Snowmaggeden; and one of the current senators was Olympia Snowe. We call her dynamite because she was delivered without any assistance and just ejected onto the hospital bed. Funny for someone born a bit early weighing less than 5 pounds to a very ill mother, she has bit the odds. She is tall, lean and very athletic and known for being very fast. She also loves winter activities. Totally lives up to her name. If she’s not buried in a book, she’s always on the move, running, biking or playing soccer. We also love that her name is not common.

Nicknames for Olympia: | Edit

Pia, Ollie, Lolly, Molly, Poppy, Polly

Meanings and history of the name Olympia: | Edit

From Greek, meaning "of Mt. Olympus", the home of the gods. Heaven-like, Heavenly. The Spanish, Romanian and Italian form is Olimpia. The French form is Olympe.

Famous real-life people named Olympia: | Edit

Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great
Olympia Fulvia Morata (1526-1555), Italian scholar of religion and literature
Olympia Dukakis, actress
Olympia Snowe, U.S. senator from Maine
Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark, daughter of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller

Olympia in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Olympia", 1938 film by Leni Riefenstahl, about the 1936 Olympic Games
"Olympia", 1998 film about a Mexican actor who wants to become an athlete
"Olympia", song by Sergio Mendes written for the 1984 Summer Olympics
"Olympia", 1863 controversial painting by Edouard Manet.

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