Meaning and Origin of: Oliva

Family name origins & meanings

  • Catalan, Spanish, and Portuguese : habitational name from Oliva in Valencia, Santa Oliva in Girona, or possibly from any of the places in Extremadura named La Oliva, from Latin oliva ‘olive’.
  • Italian (mainly southern and Ligurian) : from Latinoliva ‘olive’; a topographic name for someone who lived by an olive tree or grove, or a metonymic occupational name for a gatherer or seller of olives or an extractor or seller of olive oil, or perhaps in some cases a nickname for someone with a sallow complexion.
  • German : habitational name from Oliva, a place now in Gdańsk voivodeship, Poland.