Olive Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Olive:
Evolution of the older and now unused Oliva, which was taken from the Latin oliva (a tree of the olive family). A branch from the olive tree has long been regarded as a symbol for peace.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Olive
In the 50's there was a TV show called "The Life of Riley", in which Riley's next door neighbors were Gillis and his wife Honeybee. In one show it came out that Honeybee's real name was Olive. Riley exclaimed "Olive???" and Gillis said "That's why I call her Honeybee!"
This name is so pretty! It sounds nice, and I think of an Olive branch, or the colour olive green. A girl named Olive would be beautiful.
Olive gets left behind on the rush to Olivia. People barely notice this hidden gem of a name.
Planning on changing my name to Olive.
I struggle with this name because I am in love with it!!! It's short and sweet and pretty and I LOVE IT!! BUT, it's Olive, as in olive oil, olives, olive tree. It's still so cute though.
My name is Olive. And I LOVE IT! I only ever get compliments. My middle name is Sophia. Olive Sophia. Whenever anyone comments on olive oil, olive trees, and olives; it's usually as a joke. I know 4 Olivia's, 3 Sophia's, and 4 Abigail's; which makes me love my name even more.
- Personal experiences with the name Olive
My daughter's name is Frances Olive. I LOVE her name. But we just found out we're having another girl and I wish I saved Olive for a first name.
Name the next one Olive Frances.
I used this name--for my daughter born in 2011. Grandparents thought it was weird at first; I'm glad we made the decision not to reveal the name until after baby was here. Several people have mistaken her name for Olivia.
I like Olivia but I don't like Olive - I don't like the taste of olives, for one thing, and the name always makes me think of Popeye and Olive Oyl.
I very much disagree with you. My name is Olive and I love it. Olivia is so overused, it fact I know 4 Oliva's. But I'm the only Olive I know. And Olive didn't become a name because of the plant olive or the character Olive Oyl. The NAME Olive is a symbol or peace and harmony. As a side note I must say I rather dislike the taste of olives either.
^^i also disagree. I love Olive! And Olivia has no appeal at all!
My grandmas name was Olive, going to use this as a middle name if I have a daughter
My eldest daughters name is Olive and, obviously biased I think it’s stunning. It’s much more sophisticated than the over used Olivia and being an old name carries such vintage charm. People always comment on what a beautiful name it is and there will never be more than one in the class at school. I never tire of saying it either.
- Nicknames for Olive
Ollie, Ol(l), Liv, Livie, Vivi
- Meanings and history of the name Olive
- Famous real-life people named Olive
Blessed Olive of Palermo, Catholic martyr
Olive Fremstad, opera singer
Olive Thomas, American silent film actress and Ziegfeld girl
Olive Osmond, matriarch of the Osmond family entertainers
Olive Borden, American actress, nicknamed "The Joy Girl"
Olive Baron Cohen (b. 2007), daughter of Australian actress, voice actress, and author Isla Fisher and English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer Sacha Baron Cohen
Olive Barrymore Kopelman (b. 2012), daughter of American actress, author, director, model, and producer Drew Barrymore
- Olive in song, story & screen
Olive Hoover, character in movie "Little Miss Sunshine"
Olive Oyl, comic strip character
Olive Snook, character in ABC's "Pushing Daisies"
Olive Rudge, character in the British TV series "On the Buses"
Olive Penderghast, protagonist in "Easy A"
Olive Doyle, character in The A.N.T Farm show on Disney
Olive the Other Reindeer in the book with the same name
Olive Abroholos Elephanta, character in the Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs