Names Like Olivia

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)




Viola, Violet


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


30 Responses to “Names Like Olivia”

  1. Julie Says:


  2. Lashley Says:

    I think narrowing down a list of sibling names for the very popular names is tricky, since they’re so ubiquitous. They appeal to people with a wide spectrum of tastes!

    That being said, the Olivias I know have siblings named Carson, Emma, and Sawyer (one sibset) and Sadie (another).

    My add-on names that are (sort of) like Olivia –

    One thing that strikes me about Olivia is how fluidly it rolls off the tongue, which made me think of Juliana and Caroline, but makes names like Ophelia and Octavia seem quite different, despite sharing so many letters/sounds with Olivia. Subjective, I know, but that’s the nature of the beast I think.

  3. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Oh no, you’re absolutely right! It is a tricky business, especially since I’m trying to substitute possible alternatives with unpopular names. Amelia and Caroline did not pass that test, and Valeria and Juliana barely squeak by in the low 100s.

    It’s doubly tricky since I’m trying to find about 10 substitutes per popular name, and don’t want to keep recommending the same ones.

    What about Louisa and Aurelia? To me, they’re under appreciated and definitely roll off my tongue.

  4. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Love Flavia, India, Priscilla, Leonie, and Thalia here! Great list.

  5. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    What about Veronica? I wanted to write Ursula to but I imagine its appeal is limited. ;-)

  6. Katherine Says:

    Hmmmm, all the Olivias I know have much trendier named siblings.

    Olivia & Annabelle
    Olivia, Emma, and Grace
    Olivia, Zoey, Xander
    Olivia, Madison, McKensy, Taylor (boy).
    Olivia, Sophia, & Dawson (boy)

    I like all the names you recommended, but aside from maaaybe Genevieve, I can’t seem them being used by any of the Olivia lovers I know! The names I might pair with Olivia: Lily, Sophia, Ava, Lila, Harper, and Charlotte.

  7. rosamonte Says:

    I love Aurelia and Flavia!


  8. Lashley Says:

    I like your list and think it’s a noble pursuit – not trying to disparage any of them! I do like Aurelia, especially. Do you think most people know how to pronounce it upon reading it?

    Related: My friend has a baby named Aurelie, which seems tricky (they pronounce the first syllable AR (like art, minus the T), I think to steer people away from thinking her name is “Orally.”

  9. Allie Says:

    Huh, for as common as I feel like the name “Olivia” is, I know very few of them!

    One is the youngest of big family: Tom (presumably Thomas, though I’m not sure?), Jason, John, Julianna (real life example, Lashley!), and Olivia. The other Olivia I knew’s brother was named Atticus, which makes me wonder if they grabbed Olivia from a literary reference as well? Most likely the Shakespearean one?

    Other possible sib names/alternative names …

    Shakespearean connection (though some were already mentioned, just putting them here for the set): Adriana/Adria, Aeneas, Aias (Roman version of Ajax), Alice, Alexander/ra, Beatrice, Bianca, Camilla/Camille, Cassandra, Emilia, Helena, Henry/Henrietta, Leo/Leona, Lucy, Miranda, Paulina, Phebe/Phoebe, Rosalind/Rosaline, Viola, Valeria, and of course William.

    Just to note, I tried to only choose Shakespearan names with decent character qualities (and left out the villians–which may have positive connotations on other individuals, so they might not be right now?).

    Another note, I might caution against Sebastian since he married Olivia in Twelfth Night, even though the name would fit nicely as a sibling and it’s becoming more and more popular!

  10. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Love the Shakespearean take. Helena is brilliant, as are Leona, Camille, Beatrice.

    That Olivia & Atticus sibset is exactly what I’m going for here. Is Olivia older or younger?

  11. Sophia Says:

    Real life siblings for Olivia that I know of are:
    Nicholas “Nick” and Matthew “Matt”
    Tamsin (Olivia’s twin) and Xavier

    I think Olivia is really pretty, and I love it in the middle, but I definitely prefer Olive. Shame it’s off limits to me, being my sister’s name ;)

  12. Emily Says:

    I love Ursula!

  13. You Can't Call It "It"! Says:

    Tamsin and Phineas are fantastic.

  14. Christina Fonseca Says:

    Alternatives or siblings to Olivia that are not as common:


  15. katybug Says:

    I love Veronica! It rolls off the tongue like Olivia does. Really captures the same feel. What about Vivian? They’re probably too close to be sisters, but it could be an alternative.

  16. Tori L. Says:

    I know sibset of Olivia, Amelia and Chloe. Interestingly, they are all girls in their 20s now — I guess their parents were trendsetters or at least way ahead of their time.

    It has often made me think what it would be like for your name to come “in” when you were a teenager or older. Provided you liked your name, would it be strange to see all these babies running around with your name, or proud to be on the very cutting edge?

  17. Blue Juniper Says:

    Olivia is my middle name, given to honour my great grandmother Olive Vera. I have to say I’d give Vera some consideration as an alternative to Olivia, as well as Olive.

    From your list I love Junia, Aurelia and Ophelia!

  18. Waltzing More Than Matilda Says:

    Vivienne or Viviana remind me a bit of Olivia, and the Shakespeare name I most like as Olivia’s sister is Rosalind (Viola would just be weird). I like Rupert as her brother (Sebastian would just be weird).

  19. Stef Says:

    You pretty much just rattled off my name list. My best friend is an Aurelie – love seeing it as Aurelia too.

    Others on our list with a bit of the same vibe –
    Coralie, Emilia, Everly, Elodie, Delphine, Cecily, Rosalie

  20. Liv Says:

    As an Olivia, I didn’t like my name when I was a kid. I grew to really like it and its uniqueness as I became an adult. I met my first “other” Olivia in my early twenties. Now I constantly am running into Olivia’s all over (all kids of course).

    I like Aveline as a substitute.

  21. Junia Says:

    I love the name Olivia, but can’t use it because its my dog’s name (a rescue that came with this name). My first girl is Veronica and now I’m expecting another girl and trying to figure out a name for her. We like Zoe or Clarice, but haven’t committed to it yet. Veronica was going to be Madison until we took a look at her face, and we were boh “nah… She isn’t Madison at all LOL”.

    PS: I was surprised to see my name in this list. I love it, and hope it doesn’t become too popular.

  22. Rachel Says:

    Love Tamsin, but Phineas unfortunately reminds me of Phineas Nigellus, an obnoxious character from the Harry Potter books…

  23. Rachel Says:

    Love so many of the names on that list! Aurelia, Genevieve, Lavinia, Louisa, Lydia, Ophelia, Odette!!!

    For alternatives to or siblings of “Olivia”, what about:

    Amalia (instead of the too-popular Amelia)
    or the very simple but not-currently-popular Sylvia?

  24. natalie jane Says:

    I have a Lydia and I’ve heard from several people, “Like Olivia – only prettier!”

    I’m considering Lavinia for my next baby actually.

  25. maeve Says:

    I love Olympia. NN Ollie.

  26. Hillary Says:

    I adore Sylvia!

    I just wanted to answer Tori’s question. As someone who’s name became very well known when I was in high school, it was pretty awesome to have a ‘famous’ name. Suddenly people could pronounce it, spell it and remember it (I’d just say “It’s Hillary, like Hillary Clinton”). Guess if I disliked Ms. Clinton I’d feel differently, but it worked out pretty well for me!

  27. Olivia Says:

    My brother’s name is Justin. I think my parents were going for names that were trendy. However, I do think it would be cool to have a twin brother, or any brother named Oliver. It would be super adorable.

  28. Megan Says:

    I know a sibset of:


    All girls in their early 20s. And British – which makes perfect sense!!

  29. Crystal Says:

    My nieces name is Olivia, and her sibling is Avery (male)

  30. Olivia Says:

    I feel the same way! When I was younger I thought my name was weird and didn’t really know of any others. Now I am so glad I have it because there aren’t loads of people my age (19) with it. I definitely feel like my parents were ahead of the trend and I love it. Whenever I’m out now, I constantly hear my name getting screamed because it seems every little girl has it. I love this name, I think it’s elegant and suits all ages (not that I’m biased).

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