February 23rd, 2013
It’s time to get back to our “Names Like…” series. Today is Olivia’s day. Gorgeous Olivia Newton-John planted the name in our childhood brains as we watched her go from sweet to saucy in Grease. I always wished my own parents had named me Oilvia, and I still think it’s gorgeous, and strikingly unusual on a thirties gal. From Spain to Sweden, she works well in almost any Western country, and has ancient pedigree to back her up.
Many people have started to turn to Olive. I have met a few in person under 4, and there are Isla Fischer and Drew Barrymore’s Olives. Such a different vibe for being so similar, no???
Always loved Olivia, but prefer something more unusual? Try these on for size:
Odilia (and her cognates Ottilie, Odette, Odile)
Sisters: Flora, Francesca, Gwendolyn, Rosa, Wilhelmina
Brothers: Arthur, Hugo, Joaquin, Luca, Matteo
What would you use in lieu of Olivia? If you have a little Olivia, what did you call her sibling?
Pictured: Embroidered name hoop by Etsy artist Merriweather Council