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.
- A female given name from English.
- 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. [ - - - ] "
- A surname.
- (rare) A male given name from English.
- A number of places in the United States:
- A community in the city of Orange, Orange County, California.
- A township and unincorporated community therein, in St. Joseph County, Indiana.
- An unincorporated community in Dallas County, Missouri, named after a Baptist church.
- An unincorporated community in Powder River County, Montana.
- A town in Ulster County, New York, from the bible story of dove and olive branch.
- An unincorporated community in Creek County, Oklahoma, from the girl's name.
- An unincorporated community in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.
- An unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
- A number of townships in the United States, listed under Olive Township.
- a female given name from English
Olive f (genitive Olive, plural Oliven)
- olive (fruit)