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Origin of the Name "Olivia"

Olivia is a Latin name that means "olive tree." It was popularized in 17th-century England by William Shakespeare, who used the name for a character in his play Twelfth Night. The play – a romantic comedy – features a Countess Olivia who is both wealthy and beautiful. Olivia is a feminine alternative to the popular boy's name, Oliver. It's pronounced oh-liv-ee-ah and is most commonly spelled Olivia. You may see it spelled as Olyvia or Alyvia occasionally.

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