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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Olive
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Olive in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Olive:
Records indicate that 46,770 girls in the United States have been named Olive since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1915, when 1,653 people in the U.S. were given the name Olive. Those people are now 104 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Olive
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91 Positive Comments
"I LOVE the name Olive. I'd never heard the name before but I had a dream a while back and in the dream I had a daughter (never saw her but people made reference's to her in my dream)and her name was Olive. I woke up and thought if I ever have a daughter that will be her name. Ever since then I've been looking more into the name and I cant believe how popular it is :)
Well I found out I'm pregnant yesterday and now I'm hoping for a girl so I can use the name Olive." Dec. 29, 2016:
"My mother and her Grandmother were named Imogene Olive. My mother didn't like the name and used Doris Jean her entire life." Nov. 29, 2016:
"Our daughter is due any day now. Her name is Olive, named after my great grandmother. I was meh about it at first but my husband insisted. I'm smitten now and there is no other name for her.b" Dec. 6, 2015:
"We just named our daughter Olive Marie (my middle name). My BF liked Olivia and won the name pick coin toss, but after working in a daycare, it was too common for me. I imagined being at the park and calling my daughter to have 10 other little girls come running, so we went with Olive instead. Our choice was met with lots of criticism by family, but strangers love it and family has warmed up to it." Jul. 27, 2015:
"were planning to try for another baby soon, and were hoping for another girl. I like different names, my other children dont have very common names. My husband mentioned Olive and i love it. So we have a girls name chosen already.
Olive Jane-Catherine!" Aug. 5, 2014:
"I am due in October 2014 and will name my daughter Olive. I just love it. Unique but yet an older name. Just need a good middle name..." Aug. 3, 2014:
"My first grandchild was born on 31 Mar 12 and she is Olive Louise. I didn't care for it at first, but I love it now. Turns out her great/great/great aunt was Ollie." Sep. 25, 2012:
"My daughter's name is Olive and she turned 1 on 19th August. Being in India, many people (friends and family) showed initial discomfort in accepting her Olive as her name. However, during past 6 months, more and more pepole have started loving the name and we receives many compliments for her." Aug. 23, 2012:
"Love it. I'm using it for my soon to be daughter." Jan. 14, 2012:
"my daughter now 3 is Olive we love it. my older kids named her this after I told them while pregnant with her that "she" was only as big as an olive... it just stuck. :D" Jan. 5, 2012:
"My daughters name is also olive named after her great grandmother who was an incredible woman, people often ask me twice what her name is but I love it!" Dec. 27, 2011:
"My 3 year old granddaughter is Olive Ida. I agree with the comment made previously about the name Olive... simple, creative, firm, with a lovely roll off the tongue." Nov. 20, 2011:
"My daughter will be born Nov 1, 2011 (2 more weeks) and her name is Olive Isabelle. People gave me a hard time at the beginning but everyone loves it now! ;)" Oct. 14, 2011:
"My daughter is 5 months and her name is Olive Siobhan. At first my family gave me a little grief, but now everyone loves it! It fits her perfectly. My dad calls her little O and my husband calls her Olly." Oct. 11, 2011:
"I am six months pregnant and my husband and I have decided on the name Olive. I heard the name when I was about 2 months pregnant and was just taken with it. I had never heard of it before then but can't image going with anything else. So simple, creative yet firm." Aug. 10, 2011:
"I named my daughter Olive Jemma, and Olive J has seem to stick! People often assume her "real" name is Olivia and are shocked by Olive. My husband was also very weary of the name, but around 7mo pregnant I just strictly referred to her as "baby Olive". She is now almost 2 and Olive suits her perfectly! As far as popularity is concerned people may see it more frequently but 75% of the time when you meet people they still throw out the "that's unique" "beautiful, it's different"!" Jul. 30, 2011:
"It's not my name but I love the name and would love to name my daughter Olive." Jul. 5, 2011:
"I named my black lab puppy Olive Leanne. It fits her perfectly and everyone she meets thinks its super cute too!" Jul. 2, 2011:
"Im 8 months pregnant now and we plan on naming our little girl Olive Anastasia-Rose.
Olive after a character from a book I read, Anastasia after the princesse Anastasia Romanov and Rose after me and my mother ( it's both of our middle names) I love this name" May. 25, 2011:
"I love the name Olive! Always have. Don't have a girl named it yet but I have always had it in mind. The sound of it is beautiful and it's so unique. I really don't want it to get too popular!" May. 5, 2011:
"My name is olive ! I am in my teens and although it makes me different, I think its rather cool and quirky. I get the odd "sorry whats your name ? " but, i'm a confident person...and dont mind what people think." Apr. 7, 2011:
"My daughter just named her new baby Olive. It was my mother's name and I am thrilled that her memory will carry on in this way. I didn't realize that the name had recently become popular again. My mother was born in 1910 and your graph shows that it was a very popular girl's name at that time." Apr. 4, 2011:
"We named our first Daughter 'Olive Elizabeth'! She just turned 6 months and myself and everyone else I know could not imagine her with any other name! I absolutely love the name and see it as original and lovely. She's definitely going to be a bubbly blonde haired Olive like her mother." Mar. 27, 2011:
"I love this name! My husband and I had 2 girls names picked a year before we were even pregnant, Olive and Willow! My daughter is now 12weeks but we went with Willow because I thought that Olive was becoming really popular but now that we have Willow, that name is becoming really popular too. I love both names! If we have another girl her name will be Olive" Mar. 24, 2011:
"I had suggested the name Olive to my boyfriend when I was around 20 weeks pregnant with our daughter. He said heck no! Well at only 26 weeks they had to take her emergency c-section. His mother asked if there were any names that I absolutely loved and in my drugged up and crying in hysterics moment I said Olive. She said well that should be her name then. My boyfriend said he was ok with it and now he couldn't imagine her with any other name. I had no idea it was becoming so popular again though. The only Olive that I know of is an elderly woman that goes to my church. Olive Elizabeth 10/08/10" Feb. 21, 2011:
"Im not pregnant...but the other day me and my husband were talking about baby names (boy and girl). I had mentioned Olivia and oliver. He didn't like Oliver but mentioned Olive. I had never thought of that name before. I was so surprised that he like that name because he doesn't usually like different names. Ever since he thought of it I've loved it. I love that it's so different. I will have to keep it on my list for when the time comes. I have always wanted to name my kids names that aren't very popular or common so I hope it doesn't become too popular." Feb. 17, 2011:
"My baby girls name is Olive Alora and I wouldnt have it any other way! Absolutely love it!" Jan. 12, 2011:
"My grandbaby is named Olivia, born Sept. 2010, but we prefer to call her Olive. We love that name because it was her grandma's name. I think that it is gaining in popularity!" Dec. 7, 2010:
"Okay, I'm not having a baby anytime soon but lately I've been thinking that if I have a girl, I want to name her Olive because I think it's just adorable. But to be completely honest, I thought Olive was MY idea. I had no idea other people have that name!" Oct. 9, 2010:
"I named my baby girl Olive. We liked the name Olivia but it's just too dang popular. I didn't know about any other Olive's for a while. We found out a month before I gave birth that an old friend had named her daughter Olive. We had a couple girl names picked out and a boy name too, but when she was born (she was a surprise gender) we just started calling her Olive immediately. Now I've heard of 5 more baby Olives here in the Twin Cities... guess it's not as unique as I thought!" Oct. 4, 2010:
"I love the name Olive it seems so unique. sometimes I wish my name was Olive." Sep. 6, 2010:
"My daughter is named Olive too. My husband and I fell in love with the name when I saw it in a magazine. My friend had a hat knitted for her that is green and has a red circle at the top, liek a pimento. WE love the name and so does everyone who hears it. Olive was born 01.10.09" Aug. 24, 2010:
"I'm called Olive and i love it because nobody i know has that name. I find it weird to hear about other people called Olive as it is so unique.I love that people are calling teir babies olive:)" Aug. 19, 2010:
"Yeah, my name is Olive. I was named by one of my beloved sis. I like my name veru much as Olive itself represents peace. Huh ~ till date, I think I never happen to hear people around me pronounce my name correctly. Yes, it might be we are asian and stress & syllable is somehow ignored in this environment, not their fault it is! Anyway,I'm happy & proud to be "Olive". It's indeed a precious name to me ~" Aug. 16, 2010:
"Olive is the most beautiful name and it just rolls off your tongue beautifully too. My granddaughter has been given this precious name - she was born March 12, 2009 and they had to reshape her head because she had such a hard time coming out of the birth canal - she looked just like a little olive at first LOL...but she was named long before she entered the world...we love her so much!" Jul. 22, 2010:
"I adore the name Olive! I am currently 14 weeks pregnant and if this little babe is a girl, her name will definitely be Olive! I am glad I am not the only one loving the name : )" Jul. 9, 2010:
"We're naming our baby girl Olive Elizabeth! My side of the family is constantly groaning over 'how could you name her that'? blahblahblah. me and my husband love the name and that's all that matters." Jul. 8, 2010:
"THANKS for posting such positive comments about the name "Olive" ... It's healing for me to read how you chose this name so thoughtfully and lovingly for your babies. I'm in my 60's, was named after an Aunt, whom I loved dearly. I have known a number of wonderful "Olives" much older than I am as the name seems to have been more popular around 1900 and in Great Britain. Unfortunately I was teased unmercifully for having this name all through my school years because of the Popeye cartoon. I was tall and skinny and people would make that association to Olive Oyl even many adults I met. It's only just recently I've been okay with my name. I always really liked it BUT other people's unkindess caused such painful memories. So thanks again for all the lovely post!" Apr. 22, 2010:
"I think that the name Olive is WICKED, I am called Olive and idk anyone else who is but i like it, it is very unique!" Apr. 20, 2010:
"My grandmother was named Olive and hated is so much she went by her middle name (Viola). I, however, love the name and am happy to see so many positive posts about it on here! Take that, Grandma!" Mar. 25, 2010:
"I just found out yesterday that my first granddaughter (due July 2010) will be named Olive. I think it's a very unique name and people will definitely remember her when they meet her!" Feb. 23, 2010:
"I love the name. I just adopted a Black rescued Flat coated retriever and named her Olive. She is beautiful and peaceful and confident. The amazing part, I was just looking at her paperwork and she was found as a stray on Olive Drive!! Perfect name for my perfect black dog!" Jan. 13, 2010:
"BEST name EVER!!! my daughter (born 5/5/09) is named Olive, i didn't know it was EVER a popular name, or a name at all actually... people thought it was weird but i personally don't give BLANK... NOW i get SO many complements... and no one ever forgets her... I met one other Olive in my life, and she happened to be my nurse after my daughter was born..." Jan. 9, 2010:
"We are naming our daughter Olive. Our Last name begins with L, and our family name is Irene. She will be Olive Irene L. Or O.I.L.
We chose this name because of its Biblical roots and you have to admit, its just plain cute! Our son is the B.O.M... LOL" Dec. 29, 2009:
"my name is olive and everyone always tells me:oh, i love your name!!" Dec. 22, 2009:
"My wee Olive was born Anzac Day this year. Named after my extended grandmother, her name suits her to a tee... she's graciously delicate like her grandmother, with a smile that melts hearts and beautiful olive skin courtesy of her mixed cultural background... couldn't have picked a better name for my girl! (also, it was the first name that both my husband 'n I agreed on!) I love that it's such a cool old skool name!" Dec. 14, 2009:
"I love the name! My husband and I already decided on Paisley for our first baby girl, but I saw Olive and I think we're going to have a "Paisley Olive" :)" Oct. 29, 2009:
"We have a gorgeous 4 year old named Olive and we are just starting to meet other little girls with the name. We LOVE her name." Aug. 11, 2009:
"My name is Olive, and i think it's beautiful. I've also never met an Olive which is fantastic. I live in Nigeria, so people always find it a little strange when they find out, but in the end, they admit that it suits me perfectly." Aug. 5, 2009:
"I'm 28 weeks pregnant and we're pretty sure she's an Olive! It's no much sweeter than the overly used Olivia. We love it! My Dad laughed and said she'd be Olive Oyl (Popeye) but what child of our children's generation even knows who she is??" Aug. 4, 2009:
"We have a beautiful Olive born in 2003... it seems it is getting a little more popular now(perhaps due to a well celebrity naming her daughter Olive??????). She is the only Olive in the whole of her school (she is pretty impressed with that :-))..." Aug. 2, 2009:
"I love this name. My husband and I are expecting in November 09 and have always known we would have a little Olive! I am glad it isn't very popular. A lot of older women I talk to hate it...they think of Olive Oil from Popeye. I figure the kid's in Olive's generation won't even know who Popeye or Olive Oil are, so we are safe." Jul. 29, 2009:
"My daughter's name is Olive. She was born in Feb. 09. So far, I have mostly gotten compliments. I love the name - it's unique, elegant and fits well for all ages." Jul. 21, 2009:
"I am due in Dec. 09 and we plan on naming our baby girl Olive Tuesday. Love the name, I have loved ti for a long time! I hope it doesnt get too popular though!" Jul. 19, 2009:
"Love it! Husband and I couldn't agree on a girl name and all of the family names are too popular right now, Emma, Grace, Elizabeth, etc. We attended my husbands grandmothers funeral recently and I saw that her middle name was Olive....before I could say anything my husband pointed to it at the service and we both smiled...we knew then that she would be Olive Virginia after our grandmothers." Jul. 5, 2009:
"I LOVE Olive. I named my daughter born early in July 08, Olive. It was actually the only name that my husband and I could agree on. We thought of other names and poured over lists of baby names. But We'd think of a back up name and the next day, we'd forget it. She was meant to be Olive. People definitely either love it or hate it. I had people ask "BUT WHAT would you call her?" Umm... Olive. Her middle name is Papillon so she can go by Poppy if she doesn't like her name later... but she's definitely a little Olive. AND we're teaching her that her belly button is her Pimento!" Jun. 17, 2009:
"we named our daughter olive elizabeth - born on 5/6/09." May. 18, 2009:
"Our little Olive Jean (middle name after her maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother) was born march 15, 2009. As far as we were concerned, if someone didn't like the name, we knew we picked the right one! People aren't used to hearing it here in the good ol' U S of A. It's beautiful, elegant, and fit for a little girl and woman. We like Olivia too, but Olive contains both "love" "live" and "evil". Three things we should all recognize throughout life." May. 12, 2009:
"I named my daughter Olive Kay in October of 08. People either love it or hate but its perfect for her." May. 8, 2009:
"Have been asked to do a naming ceremony for a little Olive - a friends first grand daughter - didnt like the name when I heard it first but it grows on you and now Im actually beginnig to feel a bit of magic about it." Apr. 20, 2009:
"I agree with the poster below- if I had thought of it before my daughter Olive was born, I would have given her a middle name that starts with U too! Olive U=I love you!" Apr. 2, 2009:
"I'm due this summer and I'm naming my daughter Olive Roisin. I love the name and it's variable nicknames. Plus, I have some other, less conventional nicknames picked out- like Kalamata, Liverwurst, and Evil O. :)" Apr. 1, 2009:
"Olive is the best nam in the world!
Infact my name is Olive and I am in 3rd grade and I am 8 years old." Mar. 12, 2009:
"My name is Olive Yvonne Devereux. I was born in France. :D I'm the only Olive I know. I'm glad it's unique. n.n I wouldn't want someone else with my name." Mar. 11, 2009:
"Olive is a beautiful name. My grandmother is named Olive and I couldn't think of someone more amazing than her. Olive=all love which is the perfect definition of my grandmother. :)" Feb. 19, 2009:
"We just named our newborn baby girl Olive. born feb 16th 2009. as someone else on here said, we knew from the start her name was Olive. this is once we knew my wife was pregnant and for some reason we thought/knew we were having a girl. however, what we didnt know was that we were having a boy too! we named the twins Olive and Odin. so far everyone seems disturbed by our choices in names." Feb. 17, 2009:
"My name is Olive. I am the third Olive in my family. Good Luck to All the new Olives." Jan. 30, 2009:
"We tried out a few different names for our little one (due 5/1/09) but for some reason it was like we both knew her name was Olive from the moment we found out she was a girl. Her middle name is going to be Golden, which was the middle name of my best friend who passed away last year. Olive Golden... It's different, but we really love it." Dec. 26, 2008:
"My granddaughter is Olive Ida and she is 2 months old. I have grown to love this name and hope it remains relatively rare, but at least it is a real, old fashioned and elegant name for a girl and a woman" Dec. 6, 2008:
"We love this name, Our little Olive is due in 10 days. We are thinking "Olive Maren" (Peaceful Sea)...sounds great to us!" Nov. 30, 2008:
"I've always wanted to name a child Olive. It's my most loved name for a little girl. I plan to adopt however so we'll see." Oct. 30, 2008:
"I've always wanted to name a child Olive. It's my most loved name for a little girl. I plan to adopt however so we'll see." Oct. 30, 2008:
"Our daughter, born April 2007, was named Olive Lily.
Her full initials are OLDY." Oct. 21, 2008:
"I plan on naming my child Olive Louise if it is a girl. My best friend told me naming my child that was mean... I did a poll and 56% of the people who responded did not like the name. I love it so too bad!" Sep. 25, 2008:
"Love it. Our second baby will be Olive Penelope if it is a girl. The peace, love and harmony meaning behind the name will suit our little Libra child well I hope. Literature buffs will recognize the nod to Homer's Penelope (her olive tree bed). After all of this thought into naming our baby we'll probably end up with a boy!!! We'll find out in a few weeks." Sep. 12, 2008:
"I want to name my little girl Olive, still working on a middle name. She is due Oct. '08." Jul. 21, 2008:
"My husband would like to name our daugher Olive however, we can't come up with a middle name we'd like to pair with it...we love the name, now we need a middle name!" Jul. 10, 2008:
"Whoa! You see the popularity of Olive way back on this chart, but has anyone looked it up on the new 2007 list? After decades off the top 1,000, it's now back as #999! My daughter is one of the 242 babies named Olive in the USA in 2007. I don't know if I like that...." Jun. 3, 2008:
"I want to name our baby this, she is due in Oct 08 we will see what the hubby says. He is on the gate with this one. When we asked our 22 month old if he wanted a sister named olive all he said was "NummmyNummy" LOL!!! But this morning he woke up patted my belly and said baby olive night night!" Apr. 28, 2008:
"My daughter is due Sept 08 and we've decided to name her Olive. It's the only name we could agree on." Apr. 17, 2008:
"THIS NAME ROCKS!
I LOVE IT
IM GOING TO CALL MY HOUSE OLIVE
CHILD OLIVE (FEMALE)
CHILD OLIVER (MALE)
I LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT" Apr. 7, 2008:
"The hubby wanted something Biblical, I wanted something unusual, but easy to spell. Olive was perfect.
1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD."