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Olive tree, emblem of peace
Characteristics of Alyvia
Etymology & Historical Origin - Alyvia
Alyvia is a kitschy, kutesy and kreative respelling of Olivia. When it comes to mutated spellings of classical girl names, this one takes the cake. It barely resembles the name that inspired it. When you see it on paper, it takes a few seconds to figure it out. It’s just one of those spellings that leave us speechless (and we’re not often speechless). Why would anyone want to alter the lovely Olivia in the first place? Olivia is a high-minded literary name, first coined by William Shakespeare in his play Twelfth Night (c. 1599). It is thought that The Bard chose the name as the feminine version of "Oliver" or simply the Latin word for olive, "oliva". The olive tree is an emblem of peace, such as when one "extends an olive branch". The root of this can be found in the Bible (Genesis 8:11) when a dove came to Noah with a freshly plucked olive leaf after the great floods subsided. The olive leaf became a symbol of impending peace. Perhaps this is why Shakespeare chose the name Olivia for his lovely heroine, as a way of foreshadowing the “peaceful” conclusion to his comedic play about a countess in mourning, a shipwrecked castaway, disorderly suitors, disguises and mistaken identities. The play also takes place in the ancient region of Illyria on the western Balkan Peninsula against the Adriatic Sea (a former province of the Roman Empire). By coining the name Olivia, Shakespeare may have also been looking for a more exotic or unusual name for his foreign Illyrian countess. Right now Olivia is a massively popular girl’s name throughout the English-speaking world (it’s on the Top 5 lists in England, Canada, Australia, the United States, Scotland and Northern Ireland). The oh-so-creative spelling of Alyvia seems to be distinct only to the United States and Canada.
Popularity of the Name Alyvia
Alyvia just appeared on the American female naming chart in 2007. This is clearly in reaction to the ϋber-popularity of Olivia right now. It seems that the United States will always produce a sub-set of parents who insist on making up their own spellings of common names. This naming style is definitely not appealing to most, but these types of names do exist in certain circles – and with enthusiasm. Alyvia is by no means popular (given to hardly 300 baby girls per year), but she can claim triumph for even making it to the Top 1000 list. That’s an achievement by itself, and testament to the amount of parents who do like cutesy respellings. The only caveat to consider: girls with the name Alyvia will go through life repeating the following phrase: “My name is Alyvia. No not Olivia. That’s A. L. Y. V. I. A. Alyvia.” Have fun with that.
Popularity of the Girl Name Alyvia
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Literary Characters of the Baby Name Alyvia
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Alyvia
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Famous People Named Alyvia
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Children of Famous People Named Alyvia
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Alyvia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Alyvia
The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth". Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.
Variations of the Baby Name - Alyvia