6yo Daughter's Name Trend Observation, Plus Nn Question

At soccer on Saturday, my 6yo daughter observed, "There are a lot of Livs".  I agreed with her: the popularity of Olivia for the past 10 or so years, plus Alivia and the occasional girl whose given name appeard to be Livy, Livia, or Liv made for a lot of shouts of "Go, Liv!". 

I'm wondering if the Olivias and Alivias you know often go by Liv or Livy?  Or is this a regional thing? (We live in the upper midwest.)


By Guest (not verified)
May 10, 2012 11:19 AM

I'm not a soccer mom (or even a parent yet) myself, so I can't give you a comparable snapshot from my part of the U.S. What does come to mind though is that the upper midwest saw a lot of Scandinavian immigration, and many people and communities continue to celebrate those roots. (Do you have a lot of Lenas, Kirstins, Svens and Larses in your town too?) Liv is a stand-alone name in Scandinavia, so it's entirely possible that you do have a number of "just Livs" on the team, which would be far less likely elsewhere in the country. It would certainly appeal to parents looking for a heritage name that is easy to spell and pronounce and fits in current with modern name trends. It's also likely that parents in your region who named their daughters Olivia might be especially drawn to the nickname Liv because it's a familiar name in its own right. I'd be tempted to go up to one of the parents, complement them on their great taste in names, and ask for the story. :-)

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By Jill
May 10, 2012 12:44 PM

I do know a handful of Kirstins, two Anders, a Signe, and a Jens.  (And, yes, we live in an area full of descendents of Scandinavian immigrants.)  

May 11, 2012 10:02 AM

Yes, little girl at Tennis is named Olivia but called Liv as nn. We are in central PA.

May 13, 2012 2:17 PM

I work at a summer camp in upstate NY, so I get to see all sorts of name trends of the past 10-15 years there.  One of my 10 year old girls was named Olivia, but went exclusively by Liv.  She's from Florida.  Liv fits her so much better than Olivia.  I think one of the reasons you hear it so much on the soccer field is that Liv is a more tomboyish nickname for the flowery, girly Olivia.  Also, "Go Liv!" is a lot less of a mouthful to shout than "Go Olivia!"