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Originally a medieval given name, Oliff(e), derived via French from the Late Latin name Oliva, which was borne by two obscure early saints. It in turn is derived from the Latin name for the olive tree, and was no doubt adopted at first because of the associations of the olive tree with peaceful productivity and fruitfulness; the olive branch has been a symbol of peace since biblical times. Like many names denoting plants and flowers, it was particularly popular in the early decades of the 20th century. See also Olivia.
1,631st in the U.S.

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Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
19,654
to be exact
27,996
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
Maine
has the most people named Olive per capita
1915
marked the height of its popularity
100%
0%
75%
55+
0.28%
30-54
0.07%
13-29
25%
0-12

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