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Updated July 9, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Old Norse : Kind one
  • Latin : Olive tree
  • Old French : Peace

What does Olive mean and stand for?

The name Olive is of Latin origin and means "olive tree." It's the English and French word for the type of tree, and is derived from the Latin oliva.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Olive

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from olive ‘olive’ (see Oliva).
  • English : usually an Americanized form of a Romance name such as Oliva, Olivo, etc.
  • Catalan (Olivé) : variant spelling of Oliver.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Olive broke the top 2000 in 2007, and has been steadily increasing since. It broke the top 200 in 2020, at its peak rank of 197.

However, it is the 3rd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Olive was at its peak popularity in May 2020.

Olive is one of only 4 O names topping the top 1000 for girls. Though Olivia is still much more common, Olive has been very popular among celebrities, with actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, actress Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman, actor David Tennant and Georgia Moffett, singer Jake Owen, musician Jesse Lawson, and actress Marla Sokoloff and Alec Puro all choosing it for their daughters. Pushing Daisies, Little Miss Sunshine, Easy A, Popeye, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children all have a character named Olive in them.

Where is it Popular?

Olive was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Olive

  • Liv
  • Livie
  • Ollie

Pairs well with these middle names

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