Creative honor-naming

Hi all! Looking to pick your brains. Any name suggestions to honor an Olivia - besides Olivia or Olive?

Thanks :)


December 10, 2018 11:47 PM

There's a lot of olive-adjacent names out there. My immediate thought was Athena - the olive tree being a symbol of both her and the city that bears her name. There are also more botanical options - Laurel the most obvious among 'em. There are also plenty of greenish colors that work as names e.g. Jade, Emerald, Kelly...

Less "symbolically" there's the sorta-anagram option of Viola.

I'm only brainstorming girls' names because of the obvious and on-trend choice of Oliver for a boy: that being said, I would be remiss if I did not mention Leander (which is a bit more name-y than Oleander, and also less poisonous).

By EVie
December 11, 2018 12:52 PM

Olivia and Viola are also both characters in Twelfth Night. Viola dresses as a man, and Olivia falls in love with her. Oops! Might be an awkward pairing for sisters, but as an honor name it could be a fun reference. 

December 11, 2018 1:27 AM

The masculine end comes close to a name-nerd rabbit hole: Oliver was influenced by the Latin for "olive", but it actually goes back to a Norse or Germanic two-part name like Alvar/Alfher (cognate with Old English Ælfhere) 'elf-host'. (Some people derive it from the same source as gave us Olaf, but others consider this phonetically problematic.) Exploring other names containing the 'elf' or 'host/army/warrior' elements can lead to anything from Aubrey to Rainier.

I actually know someone named Elfrieda; that has the same "elf" first element as the antecedents of Oliver/Olivia. Or there's Fay.

December 11, 2018 3:03 AM

Livia, Olivene Olivette, Oliva, Liv, Vivi, Livana, Livian, Liviana, Livianne, Livienne, Livna, Olivianne, Olivina, Olivianna,

or Oliver, Olivander, Tolliver, Olliviero, Olivian, Livingstone, Olivieros or Olivier for a boy

December 11, 2018 5:33 AM

I have friends who just named a son Viero (diminutive of Oliviero), which opens up some intriguing V names, from Viera to Vera to Via (I actually know someone with this name). Livia and Liv are unrelated but clearly sound alikes. Olivet is very pretty.

December 11, 2018 5:45 AM

What is Olivia's surname, maiden, and/or middle names?  You may be able to do a mashup of some sort.  Or perhaps divide it out somehow: Alia Vivian is beautiful, for example.  Or Livia paired with an O middle name.  Livia Opal is pretty.  Liberty Ovi? Via Oli?  Hmmm.  Not quite right, but I think you get my theme.  I know someone wanting to name baby after a deceased Bradley although she kind of hated the name, hit on Leo Brady for a boy or Bree Adele for a girl. So many problems solved.

You may also be able to identify a special place, theme, something that is sentimental to Olivia.  Or -- rather than actually naming your baby Oliva after her -- involve her in choosing a name that SHE loves!

Are there variants of the name in other languages that you like?  Wanted to middle-name my daughter after my beloved grandma but simply didn't like her name.  I went with a variant of it that matches her ethnicity, so that ticked a lot of boxes and I love it to boot.