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#1 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

So, I've always really liked the name Olivia but DH and I are totally against having a super popular name, immediately ruling out anything in the top 10 (and preferably top 20). DH and I always said we would use the nickname Olive for Olivia, but recently I found it's been used as a name all by itself and....well I really like it!

But I'll admit it's very unusual, our families would think we are crazy. DD's name is Alyssa which is quite modern but not too uncommon (tho all our parents thought we'd made it up as they'd never heard the name before lol apparently it didnt exist in their generation).

Anyways WDYT, is Olive as a name by itself too weird?

Will she be taunted  endlessly and way more than other less common names?

I mean 2 celebrities have used it recently and I usually find celebrity kid names ridiculous!

Edited by JBaby, 11 January 2013 - 09:11 PM.

#2 kerilyntaryn

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

I think it would be ok,  love Olivia though

I have a cousin Olivene, and know an


Edited by kerilyntaryn, 11 January 2013 - 09:28 PM.

#3 Rainbow Brite

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:09 PM

Why would Olive be seen as being a "weird" name?

#4 LottieCait

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:10 PM

I like Olive more than Olivia so no, I don't think it's weird.

#5 Emmaleee

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Olive is a beautiful name in its own right, we have it on out shortlist. Don't forget in the days of our grandparents there probably werent any Olivia's, only Olives!

#6 Lauren Bell

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

I know it's getting popular, but I don't like olive.. I associate it with the fruit olive.

I don't mean to be rude, just honest, I don't see much difference to olive and naming a child apple.

A friend named her kid Livy which I think is similar and cute. X

#7 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

I definitely prefer Olivia, which is beautiful, however I think Alyssa and Olivia are too close for siblings. I think Olive would be a good alternative in your situation.

#8 vanessa71

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

It's not at all weird, but it's not a name I like. I don't like Olivia either.

Olive will forever remind me of 'On the Buses'.

#9 laridae

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

I don''t think Alyssa is that modern - it started becoming popular in the 60's.  Olive is definitly older, but has become more popular recently.

I'm not really a fan of Olive, or Olivia.  But I do know a cute little 2 year old Olive.

#10 Astrocyte

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:24 PM

I dont think Olive is weird at all. Its a really nice name.

#11 Kikki-B

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:24 PM

QUOTE (kerilyntaryn @ 11/01/2013, 10:08 PM)

I have a Olivene,

I used to work with an Olivene (o-liv-i-an) and think its a beautiful name.
As for Olive I really don't like it as a name -I just think of it as a horrible colour.

I would consider Olivene over olive, it's far prettier and won't be in the top 20 any time soon.

#12 MrsDamonSalvatore

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

A little girl in the NICU ward with us was Olive. She's was gorgeous and I started liking the name because of her :-)

#13 Mrs Lannister

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

I know 1 Olive. I didn't like it at first but it has grown on me

#14 lylac

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

I associate the name Olive with a woman I know who is in her 50's. She is a truly lovely lady so obviously I like the name. Definitely not weird.

#15 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (Emmaleee @ 11/01/2013, 08:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Olive is a beautiful name in its own right, we have it on out shortlist. Don't forget in the days of our grandparents there probably werent any Olivia's, only Olives!

Is Olive an old name? I had never heard of it before last month.

QUOTE (Madam Plum @ 11/01/2013, 08:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why would Olive be seen as being a "weird" name?

Because as another pp said, it's like naming a child Apple or Pear lol I've never met one in my life...

QUOTE (vanessa71 @ 11/01/2013, 08:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Olive will forever remind me of 'On the Buses'.

Is that a song?

Edited by JBaby, 11 January 2013 - 09:42 PM.

#16 r8chl79

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:15 PM

I like Olive, more so than Olivia

#17 MrsLexiK

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

Makes me think of Olive Oyl, Popeye's girlfriend

#18 kadoodle

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:26 PM

Makes me think of Olive Oyl and Popeye.

#19 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

I prefer Olive to Olivia. Olive is a proper name as far as I know so I don't think it's weird.

#20 bluedragon

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

I know an Olive, she's about 4 or 5. I think it's a lovely name, as is Olivia. It's definitely not weird at all.

'on the buses' is an 60s-70s UK film and TV series, don't know the Olive reference as I haven't seen much of it.

#21 yellowtulips74

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

There are Great Auntie Olives on both sides of the family.

I think of Olive as a beautiful old fashioned name, like Ivy, Pearl and so on.

But unfortunately I think it might be a 'top 20' name within 5 years, mostly because it's such an awesomely lovely name, and is a great alternative to Olivia.

#22 Gudrun

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

Olive was very commonly used in my grandmother's generation and many of us have Olive's (excuse the pun) in our family trees.   Far too common to reasonably give any worry at all to olives.   And further as others have indicated increasingly popular as a 'retro chic' name for baby girls.  

It has a harshness that doesn't appeal to me personally but it's not like this would be a choice that would bamboozle and startle.

I do prefer Olivia which I think is an inherently lovely name but as you say overworked. Maybe it's on the wane?

I would look to other resonant names. I like the PPs suggestions of Olivene and Olivette.  Appealing yet uncommon.



#23 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

To me, Olive belongs in the same period as Beryl or Mavis. I really like Olivia and don't believe it clashes in any way with Alyssa. My DD (18) has a school friend named Olivia and the name has suited her from baby through childhood and now adulthood.

#24 Imaginary friend

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:10 PM

I'm not a great fan of the name Olive but doesn't seem weird or particularly tease worthy to me.

#25 *Finn*

Posted 11 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

I much prefer Olive than Olivia

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