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Origin: Latin, Germanic, Old Norse

Meaning: it could be derived from Latin oliva meaning "olive" or "olive tree", which is seen as a symbol of peace.

It could also be feminization of Oliver, which is either the Norman French form of Germanic Alpher meaning "elf army" or "elf warrior" from Germanic elements alf (elf) and hari (army, warrior); or it could be derived from Olaf derived from Old Norse Aleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant" from Old Norse elements anu (ancestor, father) and leifr (descendant, heir, heritage).

Nicknames: Liv, Livia

Feminine forms:
  • Oliva (Latin)
  • Olyvia

Male forms:
  • Olivier (French)