Olivia is one of the top US baby names as well as a popular girls’ name in English-speaking and European countries around the world. In fact, it’s the second most popular name for girls behind Emma. The only tricky part with this name is choosing a middle name that plays well with it. Because Olivia has four syllables, it’s best to pick a middle name that’s short and sweet. One-syllable names work best here.
Records of the name Olivia exist from as far back as 13th century England, but the name was popularized after Shakespeare chose it for the name of the countess in Twelfth Night. Olivia is based on the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive.” In ancient Greece, the olive was a token of peace and fertility, and olive wreaths were awarded at the Olympic games. We got a request for the best middle names for Olivia and the community certainly delivered! Let’s take a look at some excellent middle names that fit with this traditional, beloved name for girls! Here are 25 middle names that go well with Olivia and prove that a peaceful and harmonious balance is possible.
Quinn is a wonderful gender-neutral name that’s emerged as a popular choice for baby girls. The name has Irish origins and means “descendant of Conn” or “chief.” Olivia Quinn is a winning combination and we’re so happy people suggested this pairing.
Kiss me, Kate! Kate is an amenable name that fits with many others. Olivia Kate has plenty of charm while still sounding stately and traditional. Kate is a shortened form of Katherine and it means “pure.”
Olivia Sage certainly sounds herbaceous, like the ingredients for the perfect recipe! Sage, of course, refers to the wonderful herb, but also connotes “wisdom.” This would be a bold choice, but we wouldn’t be mad about it.
Layne or Lane are fantastic middle names that add some alliteration when paired with Olivia. Olivia Lane is a remarkable moniker! Lane has English origins and means “path.”
The name Reese has exploded in popularity for boys and girls over the past decade. The Welsh name means “ardor.” Olivia Reese has a breezy, casual feel. Reese helps bring out the playful coolness of a name like Olivia.
We’ve got another Welsh hit on our hands! Bryn hails from Wales as well and means “hill.” Olivia Bryn sounds like a magical name. You’ll also find this name spelled with two N’s. Bryn and Brynn are both totally fine.
The English name Brooke means “near a small stream.” Olivia Brooke manages to sound extremely strong yet serene, which is probably why so many people suggested the pairing. We love this name!
As far as baby girl middle names go, you can’t go wrong with Kay. Kay goes with just about every other name and is short and sweet. If you have a unique last night name, Kay is simple enough to not complicate it further. Kay is short for Katherine and means “pure.”
Okay, here us out! James was suggested by just a couple of members, but we think it’s perfect. Olivia James is a star. Not sure about the name James for a girl? Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds shocked the world by choosing it for their eldest daughter in 2014. Be bold, it pays!
As a name, Sky was first used in Norse and it means “cloud.” Olivia Sky is a perfectly ethereal name that manages to be bold while still floating on air. Alternatively, you could throw an “E” on the end to give this word-name a bit more pizazz. Skye or Sky both work!
While Rain is a beautiful nature-inspired name, it was also used as a nickname for Regina (which means “queen”) in Roman times. Olivia Rain is such a poetic name and we absolutely love this recommendation. Also, people suggested the alternative spelling Reign which is something to consider.
The Puritans helped popularized Hope as a name for girls. As you’ve probably guessed, this virtue name means… “hope.” Be forewarned, Olivia Hope sounds awfully similar to the character Olivia Pope from Scandal.
Olivia Jo was an interesting suggestion, and we must admit, we’re on the fence with the pairing. Jo is a fine name with French, Hebrew, and Latin origins that’s a diminutive of Josephine or Joanna. It’s Hebrew root suggests that the name means “Jehovah increases.”
Shay or Shea are both wonderful ways to spell this chill middle name. Shay feels both classic and contemporary. When paired with Olivia, it gives the name a singsongy, rhyming quality. The name has Irish origins and means “dauntless one.” Olivia Shae slays all day!
Olivia Rose has a certain ring to it. Rose is such a beautiful and romantic name that works well with so many first names. Rose, of course, is an English name that refers to the pretty flower.
We’re not sure if this was intentional, but a lot of people suggested the middle name, Paige. Not only does it sound great, but it also gives the name a fun meaning. Olivia means “peace” and Paige means “helper.” So, you’ve got a little one who helps bring peace.
Oh, the versatility of the name Anne! Anne is a shortened form of Hannah which has Hebrew origins and means “grace.” A truly beautiful name. Olivia Anne sounds like a winner!
Olivia is such a lyrical name that the bluntness of Blake helps bring contrast. Blake is an English name that means “dark.” Olivia Blake sounds literary like a name from your favorite novel.
For a baby girl born in May, you could do no better. Spell it however you wish! Mae or May are both acceptable!. Many responders suggested this springtime name. Olivia Mae sounds as sweet as can be. The month of May is named for Maia, the Roman earth goddess.
Marie was one of the few 2-syllable names suggested. In fact, it’s the only multiple syllable name to make this list. Marie is the French form of Mary and it means “drop of the sea” or “bitter.” Bitterness belies the sweetness of a name pairing of Olivia Marie.
Some mothers answered with their own daughters’ names. Olivia Jane is a popular choice and some even explained that they chose Jane because of their admiration for novelist Jane Austen. Jane is a form of John and means “God is gracious.”
Want to incorporate a little magic into your girl’s name? Go with, Olivia Faye. While this name isn’t front of mind for us, we love the suggestion and think it’s absolutely beautiful. Faye has English origins and means “fairy.” Before 2014, Faye was completely absent on the baby name popularity charts. Now, it’s a hit once more.
Names that start with “J” were some of the most suggested by the community. Partly, because you can call your daughter “OJ” for short. Just kidding! For a summer baby, June makes a fine name. The Latin baby name means “young.”
Grace is a classic virtue name that means “gracious.” It’s perfect. Which is probably why so many in the community suggested it as a match for Olivia. Grace is a name that plays very nicely with others. So, if you find yourself choosing a tricky name like Olivia or Amelia, Grace is a smart pairing.
Today we learned about the perceived medicinal purposes of this ornamental stone. The name is derived from the Spanish piedra de la ijada, which means “stone of the colic.” There was a belief that when jade was placed on the stomach, it could cure colic in babies. Who knew? Jade sounds excellent next to Olivia and it helps bring the sweet name a little edge. This was, by far, the most suggested middle name for Olivia. We love it!
There you go! 25 middle names that go with Olivia! The Mamas Uncut community never fails to deliver the goods, especially when it comes to helpful suggestions like what middle name to choose. We love each of these names and hope you feel inspired or even found the right one for your daughter!
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