Olive

First Name
55k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
6k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Olive mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Olive

"Olive" is a name of English origin, and it means "Olive". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ol"ive
Senses
  1. [Bot]
    1. A tree (Olea Europæa) with small oblong or elliptical leaves, axillary clusters of flowers, and oval, one-seeded drupes. The tree has been cultivated for its fruit for thousands of years, and its branches are the emblems of peace. The wood is yellowish brown and beautifully variegated.
    2. The fruit of the olive. It has been much improved by cultivation, and is used for making pickles. Olive oil is pressed from its flesh.
  2. [Zoöl]
    1. Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; -- so called from the form. See Oliva.
    2. The oyster catcher.
      (Prov. Eng)
    1. The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
    2. One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
  3. [Anat] An olivary body. See under Olivary.
  4. [Cookery] A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.

Note: Olive is sometimes used adjectively and in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, olive brown, olive green, olive-colored, olive-skinned, olive crown, olive garden, olive tree, olive yard, etc.

Etymology: F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. �. See Oil

adjective Ol"ive
Approaching the color of the olive; of a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation
  2. One-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
  3. Hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork
  4. Evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits
  5. Small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
  6. Of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive
Wiktionary

Medieval form of the Latin saint's name Oliva "olive"; revived in the 19th century when flower and plant names became fashionable. The surname is topographical, often representing an Anglicization of continental European surnames such as Spanish Oliva.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A surname​.
  3. (rare) A male given name.

Olive was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Olive

Marie Osmond is a country music and pop music musician. Her career lasted from 1973 to 2010. Marie was given the name Olive Marie Osmond on October 13th, 1959. Marie is also known as Marie Osmond.

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Olive was given the name Olive Ann Oatman in 1837. Olive is also known as Olive Oatman Fairchild.

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She was most active from 1953 to 2009. Kathryn was given the name Olive Kathryn Grandstaff on November 25th, 1933 in Houston, Texas, U.S. Kathryn is also known as Kathryn Grandstaff, Kathryn Grant, and Kathryn Crosby.

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Olive Oyl is a fictional character.

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Olive Thomas was an actress, model, and model (people). Her career lasted from 1916 to 1920. Olive was given the name Oliva R. Duffy on October 20th, 1894 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. She died on September 10th, 1920.

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Olive Carey was an actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1912 to 1912. Olive was given the name Olive Fuller Golden on January 31st, 1896 in New York City. She passed away on March 13th, 1988.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Olive

Jason Olive is an actor. He has been prominent since 1997. Jason was born on February 10th, 1972.

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His military service ended in 1965. III was born on November 7th, 1946 in Chicago. He died on October 22nd, 1965.

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David was born on April 16th, 1937 in London, England. He died on November 7th, 2012.

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Mark was born in 1962.

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DJ Olive is a hip hop music, hip hop production, turntablism, ambient music, illbient, electronic music, acid jazz, nu jazz, jazz, free improvisation, experimental music, and avant-garde music disc jockey, record producer, turntablism, and artist. He plays Phonograph and Analog synthesizer. His career lasted from 1990 to 1990. DJ was given the name Gregor Asch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. DJ is also known as The Audio Janitor.

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John Olive is an athlete for the Alberta Dusters and Los Angeles Clippers. John was born on March 1st, 1955 in Philadelphia.

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How popular is the baby name Olive in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 224 224 0 #95 girl name
1881 211 211 0 #100 girl name
1882 291 291 0 #89 girl name
1883 294 294 0 #90 girl name
1884 360 360 0 #83 girl name
1885 354 349 5 #86 girl name
1886 404 404 0 #84 girl name
1887 394 394 0 #85 girl name
1888 465 465 0 #87 girl name
1889 469 464 5 #88 girl name
1890 491 491 0 #89 girl name
1891 515 509 6 #85 girl name
1892 590 583 7 #83 girl name
1893 589 589 0 #82 girl name
1894 589 589 0 #88 girl name
1895 577 577 0 #91 girl name
1896 583 583 0 #90 girl name
1897 583 583 0 #92 girl name
1898 644 644 0 #93 girl name
1899 570 565 5 #98 girl name
1900 712 705 7 #95 girl name
1901 539 539 0 #98 girl name
1902 593 593 0 #99 girl name
1903 603 597 6 #97 girl name
1904 573 573 0
1905 604 598 6
1906 567 561 6
1907 568 568 0
1908 648 648 0
1909 651 645 6
1910 654 646 8
1911 706 699 7
1912 888 874 14
1913 999 994 5
1914 1,209 1,200 9
1915 1,667 1,654 13
1916 1,624 1,616 8
1917 1,577 1,566 11
1918 1,635 1,618 17
1919 1,499 1,488 11
1920 1,563 1,552 11
1921 1,587 1,567 20
1922 1,336 1,323 13
1923 1,230 1,222 8
1924 1,058 1,058 0
1925 982 975 7
1926 880 872 8
1927 889 878 11
1928 800 790 10
1929 652 652 0
1930 551 539 12
1931 526 514 12
1932 491 484 7
1933 398 387 11
1934 334 327 7
1935 294 294 0
1936 284 276 8
1937 259 251 8
1938 240 234 6
1939 235 235 0
1940 169 169 0
1941 208 208 0
1942 180 180 0
1943 208 203 5
1944 110 110 0
1945 140 134 6
1946 123 123 0
1947 98 98 0
1948 128 122 6
1949 97 97 0
1950 99 99 0
1951 67 67 0
1952 80 80 0
1953 72 72 0
1954 58 58 0
1955 51 51 0
1956 56 56 0
1957 61 55 6
1958 39 39 0
1959 40 40 0
1960 48 48 0
1961 24 24 0
1962 36 36 0
1963 28 28 0
1964 22 22 0
1965 23 23 0
1966 22 22 0
1967 19 19 0
1968 16 16 0
1969 19 19 0
1970 17 17 0
1971 10 10 0
1972 13 13 0
1973 9 9 0
1974 17 17 0
1975 15 15 0
1976 11 11 0
1977 9 9 0
1978 9 9 0
1979 12 12 0
1980 13 13 0
1981 8 8 0
1982 8 8 0
1983 11 11 0
1984 7 7 0
1985 14 14 0
1986 9 9 0
1987 7 7 0
1988 6 6 0
1989 10 10 0
1990 13 13 0
1991 8 8 0
1992 15 15 0
1993 16 16 0
1994 8 8 0
1995 12 12 0
1996 13 13 0
1997 15 15 0
1998 18 18 0
1999 23 23 0
2000 35 35 0
2001 37 37 0
2002 43 43 0
2003 51 51 0
2004 51 51 0
2005 88 88 0
2006 116 116 0
2007 270 270 0
2008 358 358 0
2009 512 512 0
2010 546 541 5
2011 763 763 0
2012 859 859 0
2013 1,095 1,095 0
2014 1,147 1,147 0
2015 1,209 1,209 0
2016 1,169 1,160 9
2017 1,247 1,241 6

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Popularity of Olive as a first name

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Popularity of Olive as a last name

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Common last names for Olive

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Lewis
  • King
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Olive U.S.
  White 71.97% 64.26%
  African American 16.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.54% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Olive

People with the last name Olive are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Olive

  • What name lists does Olive rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Olive? Olive is the 946th most popular name of all time. As a last name Olive was the 6,021st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Olive have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54,595 babies born with the first name Olive in the United States. That's more than enough people named Olive to occupy the country of Marshall Islands with an estimated population of 54,305 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Olive? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 224 new born babies.
  • When was Olive first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Olive is Sunday, August 26th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Olive born? The highest recorded use of the first name Olive was in 1915 with a total of 1,654 babies. That's a lot of babies named Olive!
  • Random Olive Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Olive ranks 81st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 12 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Olive: Your name in reverse order is Evilo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Evoil. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Olive? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,712 people with the last name Olive.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Olive? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Olive as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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