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See also: olive and olīve



Medieval form of the Latin saint's name Oliva "olive"; revived in the 19th century when flower and plant names became fashionable. The surname is topographical, often representing an Anglicization of continental European surnames such as Spanish Oliva.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name from English.
    • 1842 Alfred Tennyson, The Talking Oak:
      And hear me swear a solemn oath, / That only by thy side / Will I to Olive plight my troth, / And gain her for my bride.
    • 1850 Dinah Craik, Olive, Chapman and Hall, page 26:
      "Elspie, I have a thought! The baby shall be christened Olive!"
      "It's a strange, heathen name, Mrs. Rothesay."
      "Not at all. Listen how I chanced to think of it. This very morning, just before you came to waken me, I had such a queer, delicious dream. [ - - - ] Then I looked up, after awhile, and saw standing at the foot of the bed a little angel—a child-angel—with a green olive-branch in its hand. [ - - - ] "
    • 2006 Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock, Chatto & Windus, →ISBN, pages 227-228:
      There was Olive, a soft drowsy girl who didn't like me because I called her Olive Oyl. Even after I was made to apologize she didn't like me.
  2. A surname​.
  3. (rare) A male given name from English.

Related terms[edit]




From English Olive.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. a female given name from English


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From Middle High German olīve, borrowed from Latin oliva.[1]


  • IPA(key): /oˈliːvə/
  • IPA(key): /oˈliːfə/ (Austrian)
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Olive f (genitive Olive, plural Oliven)

  1. olive (fruit)


Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Olive in Kluge's Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, 1891

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