As of 2021, Olivia is the most popular name for baby girls in the USA. For good reason – it’s got a soft, lovely tone that’s pleasant to pronounce. Olivia also clocks in at three syllables, making it pretty long. We’d recommend a middle name with fewer syllables for that reason, but it’s not a strict rule. Longer middle names do enhance their femininity, so they do have something to offer.
“Olivia” is Latin for the olive tree, which served as a long-running symbol for peace, friendship, and prosperity. It deserves a great middle name to complement that meaning. You can’t go wrong picking out an elegant, cool, eye-catching, or just plain cute middle names for Olivia.
We’ll kick this list off with something refined before working our way down. Just what kind of middle name for Olivia enamors you? Try to read these names aloud to get a feel for them. Be sure to include your own last name to check for flow.
Thanks to its Greek background, Olivia already has a classical air to it. Names that are archaic to some might be timeless for others. If you’re more inclined towards seeing them as the latter, this category is the one for you.
- Olivia Michelle (French, “Who is like God?”)
- Olivia Noelle (French, “Christmas”)
- Olivia Leighton (English, “From the town by the meadow”)
- Olivia Eve (English, “Living”)
- Olivia Ivy (Latin, “Vine”)
- Olivia Monet (French, “To be heard”)
- Olivia Reverie (French, “Daydream”)
- Olivia Jane (English, “God is gracious”)
- Olivia Audrey (English, “Noble strength”)
- Olivia Laine (Finnish, “Wave”)
- Olivia Kate (English, “Pure”)
- Olivia Reese (Welsh, “Enthusiastic, Ardent”)
- Olivia Opal (Sanskrit, “Jewel”)
- Olivia Rosa (Latin, “A flower”)
- Olivia Amethyst (Greek, “Sober”)
- Olivia Claire (French, “Clear, Light, Bright”)
- Olivia Ruth (Hebrew, “Vision of Beauty”)
- Olivia Margaret (Greek, “Pearl”)
- Olivia Fides (Latin, “To Trust”)
- Olivia Violet (English, “Purple”)
- Olivia Elise (Hebrew, “My God is an oath”)
- Olivia Kayla (Hebrew, “Crown of laurel”)
- Olivia Hannah (Hebrew, “Favor, Grace”)
- Olivia Isla (Scottish/Spanish, “Island”)
- Olivia Anastacia (Greek, “Resurrection”)
- Olivia Aurelia (Latin, “Gold”)
- Olivia Amelia (Latin, “Work” [Direct translation: Industriousness])
- Olivia Fabiola (Latin, “Bean”)
- Olivia Skye (Norse, “Clouds”)
- Olivia Quinn (Irish, “Descendent of Conn” [Direct translation: wise, counsel])
- Olivia Vale (Roman, “Be well”)
- Olivia Blake (English, “Swarthy”)
- Olivia Cynthia (Roman, “Moon goddess, woman from Kynthos”)
- Olivia Florence (English, “Blossom, flower, flourish”)
- Olivia Felicity (English, “Happy”)
- Olivia Juniper (Latin, “Young”)
- Olivia Melody (Greek, “Song”)
- Olivia Brianna (Irish, “Resolute, strong”)
- Olivia Milani (Italian, “Miracle from heaven, gentle caress, stand firm in faith”)
- Olivia Victoria (Latin, “Victory”)
- Olivia Ignatia (Latin, “The fiery one”)
- Olivia Mckenna (Scottish, “Fiery love”)
- Olivia Estelle (Occitan, “Star”)
- Olivia Lucille (French, “Light”)
- Olivia Celine (French, “Heavenly:”)
- Olivia Ramona (Spanish, “Wise protector”)
- Olivia Scarlett (English, “Bright red”)
- Olivia Viviana (Latin, “Alive”)
- Olivia Esmerelda (Spanish, “Emerald”)
- Olivia Daniella (Hebrew, “God is my judge”)
- Olivia Titania (Greek, “Land of giants”)
- Olivia Fayette (French, “Little fairy”)
- Olivia Mavis (French, “Songbird”)
- Olivia Mariposa (Spanish, “Butterfly”)
- Olivia Poppy (Latin, “The milk of happiness”)
- Olivia Mia (Scandinavian, “Dear”)
- Olivia Mila (Italian, “Miracles”) (Russian, “Gracious, dear one”)
- Olivia Sade (Hebrew, “Princess”)
- Olivia Trixy (Latin, “Bringer of joy”)
- Olivia Allegra (Latin, “Joy”)
- Olivia Deena (Latin, “Divine”)
- Olivia Angelica (Latin, “Messenger of God”)
- Olivia Celeste (Latin, “Heavenly”)
- Olivia Zia (Latin, “Light, splendor”)
- Olivia Tippi (Scandinavian, “Sweetheart”)
- Olivia Emilia (Latin, “To rival, emulate, or excel”)
- Olivia Madonna (Latin, “My lady”)
- Olivia Miranda (Latin, “Admirable”)
- Olivia Serena (Latin, “Serene, calm”)
Olivia has soft tones, especially with all of those gentle vowels in between. That doesn’t mean you can’t pair it up alongside something with a bit more oomph to it. If you want to set up your kid’s one-two punch of a personality, keep your eyes glued this category of middle names for Olivia.
- Olivia Hilda (German, “Battle woman”)
- Olivia Boudica (Latin, “Victory”)
- Olivia Valerie (French, “Strength, health”)
- Olivia Adira (Hebrew, “Strong”)
- Olivia Nino (Navajo, “Mighty, fire”)
- Olivia Alexandria (Greek, “Protector of mankind”)
- Olivia Casey (Irish, “Brave in battle”)
- Olivia Charlie (English, “Free Man”)
- Olivia Chase (English, “Hunter”)
- Olivia Aiyana (Navajo, “Forever flowering”)
- Olivia Diamond (English, “Invincible”)
- Olivia Atlas (Greek, “Enduring”)
- Olivia Cairo (Arabic, “Victorious”)
- Olivia Ezra (Hebrew, “Help”)
- Olivia Fender (English, “From the defender”)
- Olivia Finley (Scottish, “Fair warrior”)
- Olivia Conner (Irish, “Dog Lover”)
- Olivia Dakota (Native American, “Ally and friend”)
- Olivia David (Hebrew, “Beloved”)
- Olivia Frey (Scandinavian, “Exalted one”)
- Olivia Gale (English, “Boisterous”)
- Olivia Swan (English, “Purity, excellence”)
- Olivia Drew (Scottish, “Manly”)
- Olivia Grey (English, “Grey-haired”)
- Olivia James (Hebrew, “Supplanter”)
- Olivia Kele (Navajo, “Sparrow”)
- Olivia Kai (Hawaiian, “Sea”) (Scandinavian, “Earth”) (Navajo, “Willow Tree”)
- Olivia Wren (English, “Small Bird”)
- Olivia Hania (Navajo, “Spirit Warrior”)
- Olivia Stark (Scottish, “Firm, unyielding”)
- Olivia Anika (Sanskrit, “Graceful, brilliant”)
- Olivia Alma (Latin, “Nourishing”)
- Olivia Lysithea (Greek, “Delivered by the gods”)
- Olivia Venus (Latin, “Love”)
- Olivia Leonie (French, “Lioness”)
- Olivia Lennon (Irish, “Dear one”)
- Olivia Shay (Hebrew, “Admirable, hawk-like”)
- Olivia Teagan (Irish, “Attractive, little poet”)
- Olivia Vesper (Latin, “Evening star”)
- Olivia Saint (American, “Holy person”)
- Olivia Valentina (Russian, “Healthy, strong”)
- Olivia Lydia (Greek, “Beautiful one”) (Persian, “Noble one”)
- Olivia Aghigh (Persian, “Priceless, precious”)
- Olivia Astrid (Norse, “Beautiful, loved”)
- Olivia Alice (Hebrew, “Noble”)
- Olivia Aurora (Philippine, “Dawn”)
- Olivia Zhanna (Russian, “God is gracious”)
- Olivia Aleah (Persian, “God’s being, exalted”)
- Olivia Analyn (Philippine, “Gracious and beautiful”)
- Olivia Anaya (Sanskrit, “Inexhaustible”)
- Olivia Gianna (Italian, “The Lord is gracious”)
- Olivia Shamir (Aramaic, “A sharp thorn, flint”)
- Olivia Nika (Russian, “Victory”) fvalen
- Olivia Avalie (Persian, “Strength and desire”)
- Olivia Bernadetta (German, “Strong, brave bear”)
- Olivia Rin (Japanese, “Companion”)
- Olivia Kira (Russian, “Ruler”)
- Olivia Sasha (Russian, “Defender”)
- Olivia Adraste (Celtic, “Victory”)
- Olivia Aurele (French, “Morning”)
- Olivia Lyonel (French, “Lion”)
- Olivia Aigis (Greek, “Goatskin”)
- Olivia Zelda (German, “Grey battle, strong woman”)
- Olivia Durand (Latin, “Strong and enduring”)
Olivia can also be followed up with standout names. These won’t be conventional by any means, but might suit them better than anything contemporary ever could. Do make sure to think it through carefully here, as eye-catching names are more dependent on their meaning than other categories.
- Olivia Priscilla (Latin, “Venerable, primordial”)
- Olivia Regina (Latin, “Crown”)
- Olivia Edelgard (German, “Noble guard”)
- Olivia Gabriella (Hebrew, “Devoted to God”)
- Olivia Nova (Latin, “New”)
- Olivia Sterling (English, “Genuine, high quality”)
- Olivia Thalia (Greek, “Flourishing”)
- Olivia Bituin (Philippine, “Star”)
- Olivia Ciel (French, “From heaven, heavenly”)
- Olivia Gemma (Italian, “Precious stone”)
- Olivia Rhea (Greek, “A flowing stream”)
- Olivia Aine (Irish, “Radiance, brilliance”)
- Olivia Calina (Russian, “The moon”)
- Olivia Aria (Italian, “Melody”) (Greek, “Lioness”) (Persian, “Noble”)
- Olivia Asami (Japanese, “Morning beauty”)
- Olivia Nadia (Russian, “Hope”)
- Olivia Calliope (Greek, “Beautifully voiced”)
- Olivia Candela (Latin, “Candle”)
- Olivia Shione (Japanese, “Sound of the tide”)
- Olivia Trisha (English, “Noble”) (Hindi, “Desire”)
- Olivia Kiara (Italian, “Light, clear”) (Swahili, “Princess”)
- Olivia Merida (Spanish, “Victory of Augustus”)
- Olivia Damsa (Persian, “White silk”)
- Olivia Jessamine (French, “Jasmine flower”)
- Olivia Anette (Hebrew, “God has favored me”) (French, “Gracious, merciful”)
- Olivia Chloe (Greek, “Blooming”)
- Olivia Ambrosia (Greek, “Immortality”)
- Olivia Echo (Greek, “Reverberating sound”)
- Olivia Amit (Hindu, “Immeasurable”)
- Olivia Morgan (Welsh, “Bright white sea dweller”)
- Olivia Sabrina (Latin, “River goddess”)
- Olivia Dare (American, “Challenge”)
- Olivia Chase (English, “Huntsman”)
- Olivia Levi (Hebrew, “Joined in Harmony”)
- Olivia Aische (Arabic, “She who lives”)
- Olivia Daphne (Greek, “Laurel”)
- Olivia Katniss (American, “Pure”)
You can also make Olivia’s middle name pop with a brush of energy. Cute and trendy names aren’t bad calls, and actually, pair well with the sheer dignity the name Olivia brings to the forefront. Affection is universal, and there are so many lovely ways to express that across different words and languages.
- Olivia Sacari (Navajo, “Sweet”)
- Olivia Prima (Latin, “First born”)
- Olivia Olien (Russian, “Dear one”)
- Olivia Dorothea (Greek, “Gift of God”)
- Olivia Belucci (Italian, “Beautiful”)
- Olivia Marigold (English, “Resplendent Mary”)
- Olivia Manuela (Hebrew, “God is with us”)
- Olivia Kieran (Irish, “Little dark haired one”)
- Olivia Mila (Russian, “Dear, darling”)
- Olivia Doren (Gaelic, “Wanderer”)
- Olivia Peri (English, “Dweller by the pear tree”) (Hebrew, “Fruit”) (Persian, “Fairy”)
- Olivia Solaire (French, “Sun-occupied”)
- Olivia Naomi (Hebrew, “Pleasantness”)
- Olivia Kaine (Hebrew, “Acquired”)
- Olivia Nocona (Native American, “Wanderer, camper”)
- Olivia Farren (English, “Journey ready”)
- Olivia Clio (Greek, “To make famous, to celebrate”)
- Olivia Cilia (Latin, “Heavenly lily”)
- Olivia Triss (Latin, “Happy”)
- Olivia Beth (Hebrew, “God is abundance”)
- Olivia Megan (Welsh, “Pearl”)
- Olivia Harlow (English, “Hill, pile of rocks”)
- Olivia Clement (Latin, “Merciful”)
- Olivia Bianca (Italian, “White”)
- Olivia Esther (Hebrew, “To be hidden”)
- Olivia Therese (Greek, “To reap”)
- Olivia Rahnee (Sikh, “Queen”)
- Olivia Isabelle (Hebrew, “God is my oath”) (Misc., “Beautiful”)
- Olivia Rosario (Portuguese, “Rosary”)
- Olivia Leia (Hebrew, “Languid, relaxed”) (Hawaiian, “Child of heaven”)
- Olivia Tali (Hebrew, “My lamb, dew”)
- Olivia Edith (English, “Blessed”)
- Olivia Aerith (English, “Created name”)
- Olivia Belladonna (Italian, “Beautiful lady”)
- Olivia Pots (Latin, “To drink”)
- Olivia Ivory (English, “White, pure”)
Name Selection Advice
While you could just pick out what catches your eye and call it a day, there are a few things worth considering before deciding on Olivia’s new middle name. Your child will have this name their whole lives, so be sure to put plenty of thought behind the selection. These are a few noteworthy concerns that render certain name combinations slightly off, along with some elaboration on why.
Repeated Sounds (e.g. Olivia Sophia)
The same type of sounds can seem strange to say after another, and you can really feel the difference if the repetition is on the last syllable. Olivia Sophia seems like a pretty enough name, but the repetition of the “ia” will stand out as stilted. Try to avoid these kinds of mismatches, and be especially mindful if your last name leads to this conflict with your current middle name choice.
Close Vowels (e.g. Olivia Anne)
All names used need to be distinct and identifiable, and having vowels too close together gets in the way of that. Specifically, this happens when a name ending in a vowel is followed by a name starting with the same one. This doesn’t immediately disqualify using them together, but your main metric to decide that is how well those names mesh together.
Olivia Anne could be mistaken for one name – it’s even more likely because the middle name here is quite short. Olivia Astrid works because both names stand out well enough alone, even when pronounced quickly. You can keep names like that, but make sure both are distinctly identifiable when written down and spoken.
Syllable Length (e.g. Olivia Elenora)
Olivia is already quite a mouthful at 3 syllables, so it’s not advised to pair it with comparably long or longer names. This leaves them with a whopping 6 syllables at minimum, and that’s not even taking their last names into account!
Olivia tends to be complemented with shorter names – especially if your family name happens to be rather long as well. Something curt and bouncy like Mira or Nadia follows Olivia wonderfully, but it’s not a hard rule in play. Going for long syllable names should be fine, provided you mind the step below as well.
Stress (e.g. Olivia Felicity)
Stress is used for words with more than one syllable, accentuating a specific part of the word. In the name Olivia, the second syllable is stressed. Names that share the order of their stressed syllable don’t play well when read consecutively.
It has the opposite problem close vowels do, and the name can sound a bit jagged to say in full. You want the name to flow properly, rather than being broken up in systematic chunks of static rhythm.
Stick To Just One
Having two middle names is rare, but it does happen. Some people just can’t decide between two or even three nice choices, so they might see fit to give them all to their kid. We’d advise against it if only for the bureaucratic migraine it’ll inevitably make document processing down the line.
What Popularized The Name To Begin With?
While the name Olivia has older etymological roots behind it, what’s likely to have spurned the name’s more contemporary popularity is thought to be the Shakespearean play “Twelfth Night”.
The romantic comedy featured a character named Olivia, who was respectfully portrayed as a capable woman with human qualities and flaws. Olivia drives most of the plot as an elegant, if melancholic, heiress that manages to retain her agency amidst irritating suitors.
As the play unfolds, Olivia demonstrates competence, compassion, determination, and humor interacting with other members of the cast. She’s written with a wonderful balance of resolve and femininity despite the absurdity of events playing out.
No small wonder the name started to pick up, and some may even argue it’s more of a Shakespearean name than a Greek one at this point. Regardless, the play certainly popularized the name’s use in the public eye. It’s still going strong now, even 400 years later!
A Couple of Famous Olivias
Given its popularity, there’s bound to be a couple of Olivias that managed to make their way into popular culture. We’ve come up with two huge examples from both ends of the spectrum: a millennial artist getting her big break this 2021, and an old saint venerated in history.
When it comes to new blood in the limelight, Olivia Rodrigo is certainly the biggest up-and-comer of her name this 2021. A Filipino-American with Irish and Germanic heritage, this young artist began with acting and singing classes at the age of six.
She broke into the industry in 2015. One of her biggest credentials here was songwriting, acting, and performing in the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”. She received critical acclaim for her stunning role in the mockumentary series.
Olivia Rodrigo’s musical breakthrough would come a year later with the hit single “Driver’s License”. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100s list and Spotify records, along with dominating the charts in plenty of other international lists.
She followed up with other well-received singles (“Déjà vu”, “Good 4 U”) and her debut album (“Sour”) to very good reception from music critics. Olivia Rodrigo managed to do all that before or at the tender age of 18, to boot!
Olivia of Palermo
Sometimes referred to as the patron saint of Palermo, Olivia was born to a noble Sicilian family during the 9th century. Despite her wealth and nobility, she was known primarily for her charitable spirit, giving what she could to the poor for no personal gain. Olivia also declined recognition and praise in favor of dutifully tending to those in need, which endeared her greatly to the populace.
After the Vandals conquered her home Olivia redoubled these efforts, comforting the imprisoned and destitute to retain their faith in Christ. For her actions, she was sent off to Tunis.
Olivia of Palermo continued with her missionary efforts there, which annoyed the inhabits greatly. She was ordered to live amongst wild beasts, in hopes that they may devour her. Despite this, the beasts left her unharmed. The same went for anyone searching for her with ill intentions, and the gentle soul of Palermo converted many to her faith.
The governor, fed up, had Olivia imprisoned, forced to renounce her beliefs. Olivia was submerged in boiling oil but remained unharmed through divine providence, the endeavor tarnishing neither her flesh nor her faith. Olivia of Palermo was eventually beheaded, with her gentle soul “Flying into the sky in the form of a dove” according to legend.
Despite over a millennia passing, her story still found its way into the city’s heart. While officially struck from the liturgical calendar since 1980, the virgin martyr still remains a sanctified cultural figure in Palermo to this day.
A child named Olivia will have plenty of amazing options for middle names, so take your pick on what best suits them. Try to consider a few crucial factors like syllable stress – the goal is to make their name flow off the tongue as smoothly as possible. We hope our list of middle names for Olivia helped you figure things out. Good luck making that final decision!