Olympia Name Meaning & Origin
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.
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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
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
"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.