olive - love it or hate it?

(101 Posts)
aroha77 Sat 11-Jan-14 00:30:45

Found out today we're having a girl smile

Our favourite name is Olive, probably Olive Grace.

Both sets of grandparents-to-be HATE it cos it reminds them of character off 'on the buses'.

Wondering if I could take a poll on here of any lovers or haters of the name? Also how much should we take our parents' opinions into consideration?

And lastly does anyone have any better suggestions? Our criteria is nothing that sounds posh, or too cute or too quirky!

Thanks smile

hoppinghare Sat 11-Jan-14 00:38:51

It's really nice. The only famous olive I can think of is Olive oil from Popeye. We let family put us off names. I regret that now.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Sat 11-Jan-14 00:42:42

I was going to say "On the Buses" too. Olive was a really drippy character, and is the only Olive I've ever known. So "it's a no from me".

Rosencrantz Sat 11-Jan-14 02:54:49


JapaneseMargaret Sat 11-Jan-14 03:00:32

It's not to my taste - BUT - I do think you're slightly ahead of the curve in terms of the style of name. The current flavour of girls names is very frilly and feminine and I think increasingly there will be a move away from that style of name towards more, um, solid, names. Consonant-ending names, that sort of thing,

I reckon in another 5-10 years these sorts of names will be really on-trend.

If you both really love the name, don't let the grandparents' opinion put you off. For one thing, they've had their turn at naming babies; it's your turn now. And for another, they will no doubt come to love the name, as their association will be their beautiful grand-daughter rather than some random old TV character.

FWIW, in terms of other suggestions, I think Olive and Hazel are very much of an ilk.

JapaneseMargaret Sat 11-Jan-14 03:02:05

P.S. are you a Kiwi?!

TheZeeTeam Sat 11-Jan-14 03:08:43

I would never let my parents put me off a name and I came out with some scorchers!

Olive is a complex name regarding meaning, as it has the same basis as the name, Eve, which means life. That said, in modern interpretations, it just means a muddy green/brown colour or a muddy green/brown fruit with a stone in it. Only you can decide if that is what you want to call your DD!

DramaAlpaca Sat 11-Jan-14 03:47:06

I hate it - sorry.

But if you like it, that's what's important. You really don't need to take the grandparents' views into account. Perhaps best you don't discuss names with them, just announce it when baby has arrived & you've decided for definite.

Shnickyshnackers Sat 11-Jan-14 03:48:59

LOVE IT! I have a great aunty Olly, and a friend who has a great aunty Dolly.

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 11-Jan-14 03:56:45

Love it too

HowAboutNo Sat 11-Jan-14 06:37:23

I love it. Really.

I want to use it but everyone has been really negative

IsSpringSprangedYet Sat 11-Jan-14 06:49:27

I like it.

One of our boys has a name that is supposedly unisex, but I've only ever seen girls with it. Everyone was confused with it, but we went with it. They've got used to it. If you really like it, then go for it. You'll only regret it otherwise.

I think Isla Fisher has a daughter called Olive. And maybe Drew Barrymore.

Bowlersarm Sat 11-Jan-14 07:00:40

Hate it.

Seems very dowdy.

Olivia is much more attractive.

gruffalosfriend Sat 11-Jan-14 07:14:57

An olive will always be green and oily in my mind! Not a very elegant association for a girl.

JapaneseMargaret Sat 11-Jan-14 08:14:10

Olivia is ubiquitous and dull. In my opinion, of course. Besides, the world has enough of them.

Olive at least has a point of difference.

PavlovsCats Sat 11-Jan-14 08:23:28

Love it! Would consider it if we ever have a DD!

salvadory Sat 11-Jan-14 08:27:47

Olive has a cooler feel to our generation than our parents who will always go on about on the buses. That means nothing to me and I'm 40 so it's unlikely to have an effect on anyone younger.
Ignore your parents, they will learn to love the name once it's attached to a darling grandchild, I speak from experience as my mum hated my second daughters name when she first heard it and has now forgotten all about her name reservations.
I love less frilly names that don't end in i or a though, so olive works great for me.

Felix90 Sat 11-Jan-14 08:30:00

When I was pregnant with dd I loved the name Olive and my Mum said exactly the same thing! I am 23 so had no idea what she was going on about...

I think it's lovely and a lot nicer than Olivia.

Boxofbugs Sat 11-Jan-14 08:34:17

Love it.

One of my kids has a name that all our parents he station hate. Their reaction did slightly take the shine off our birth announcement.

RustyBear Sat 11-Jan-14 08:34:54

David Tennant's daughter is also called Olive. It has got a bit more popular in recent years, if that's something that would bother you.

SingingGerbil Sat 11-Jan-14 08:37:02

Not to my taste, it makes me think of Olive Oil/Oyle from Popye. Much prefer Olivia even though it's a bit more mainstream and probably wouldn't pick that either. My current favourite for a girl is Eleanor.

Ihatepeas Sat 11-Jan-14 08:37:05

Love love love love love love LOVE!!!

JanetAndRoy Sat 11-Jan-14 08:39:21

Hate it.

mulberrybag Sat 11-Jan-14 08:46:54

Gorgeous name. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks. An old friend of mine said to imagine the following statements being said with your chosen name in front. ..I.e
Olive is due for a promotion...
Olive will you marry me. ..
Olive why do you feel you deserve a payrise. ..
I guess to get a feeling of her name being used when she's older. It helped us anyway. Good k luck smile

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 11-Jan-14 09:17:23

Don't let your parents influence you. We didn't tell ours until they met the baby, my Mum rolled her eyes when she met dd and looked like she was sucking a lemon, but it was outperform choice not hers.

My bf was put off a name by her bil, she still regrets not using it 10 years on.

Hate it. Ubiquitous as Olivia is, it has a much nicer sound. Far less plodding.

Oh, and On The Buses... smile

TheSporkforeatingkyriarchy Sat 11-Jan-14 09:59:24

I like it though prefer Olivine (both are family names for us).

I quite like it. Dd1 has an Olive in her class (shes 13) and she is lovely and uba trendy.

Just as another poster asked upthread i was also going to ask if you were kiwi (im going by your user name which just happens to be my Dd2s middle name).

Amrapaali Sat 11-Jan-14 10:45:28

Hate it.

ThursdayLast Sat 11-Jan-14 10:47:13

Love it!
And don't listen to family, people are crazy thoughtless about baby names. In RL I mean

It's lovely smile

redsquareyellowsquare Sat 11-Jan-14 11:10:17

love it. my only concern is that it is a bit too similar to Olivia which is v popular (and not as nice!!)

ShadowFall Sat 11-Jan-14 11:21:44

I don't like it.

Both because it's a fruit that I don't like, and a yucky colour.

But as for "On The Buses" - according to Wikipedia, that was broadcast from 1969 - 1973, so far too long ago to be worth worrying about.

sebsmummy1 Sat 11-Jan-14 11:23:47

Absolutely LOVE it. It's on my list too.

I think Drew Barrymore called her daughter Olive.

marmitelover Sat 11-Jan-14 11:28:26

All I would say is tell everyone to f,!? Off and choose the name that you want to call your child. It's nothing to do with anyone else! My husband and I have chosen a name for DS2 but will only announce to anyone else when he's born. Partly because I'm totally superstitious but also to avoid anyone feeling they have any right to tell us what we should call our child.

Viviennemary Sat 11-Jan-14 11:32:56

I don't like it at all I'm afraid. She will get called Olive Oil at school. Please don't.

jacksgrannie Sat 11-Jan-14 11:44:49

Horrid. We had an Olive at school and she hated her name (and that was 50 years ago). It's such a nasty colour green.

Now Olivia - that's completely different and absolutely lovely.

By the way, if you talk to people about names you have chosen, then it is not really fair to say they can F off if they don't like it (as some posters have suggested). If you ask for comments then don't expect everyone to agree.

newyearhere Sat 11-Jan-14 11:45:07

I don't like it, sorry. Prefer Olivia.

Ruprekt Sat 11-Jan-14 11:51:13

I always base a name on whether I would want to be called it.

And I would not.

Could you use Olivia and have Olive as a nn?

And do the test..................

'All rise for Judge Olive Pritchard..........'

'This is your Captain Olive Foster speaking..............'

Does it work?

OpalQuartz Sat 11-Jan-14 11:58:57

I like it. I think it's classy and a bit trendy in a good way. Not keen on Olivia as it reminds me of the word "liver"

pinkgirlythoughts Sat 11-Jan-14 13:28:14

Love it. Sounds stupid with my surname though.

RabbitPies Sat 11-Jan-14 13:31:53

Hate it. It's a harsh,and very unattractive name IMHO.

Mckayz Sat 11-Jan-14 13:35:11

I like it and I have never heard of 'on the buses' whatever that is.

YouGrateMyCheese Sat 11-Jan-14 13:39:16

Have you seen the movie Easy A, with Emma Stone? Her character's name is Olive, and she has this great line: "My name is an anagram for 'I love.'" With the popularity of Olivia and Oliver it just makes sense that Olive would start to appeal. I actually met a 6-year-old named Olive the other day, and I was startled by how fresh it sounded. I think it's great.

YouGrateMyCheese Sat 11-Jan-14 13:41:23

Oh and one of Isla Fisher's daughters is named Olive.

SicknSpan Sat 11-Jan-14 13:56:15

I think it's a fab, strong name for a girl that makes me think of someone self assured and a little bit quirky. Do it!

clara26 Sat 11-Jan-14 14:06:17

Congratulations! You've said it's your fave so go with it. She's your little girl! I think it's pretty.

tallulah Sat 11-Jan-14 14:13:06

Oh I hate the name Olive. It hasn't even got a nice sound (but then I don't like Oliver either). for you young 'uns

Mabelandrose Sat 11-Jan-14 14:14:28

I love it. But it's already very popular.

On the buses is on ITV2 all the time and my 6yo loves it!

Pooka Sat 11-Jan-14 14:18:41

Don't like it. It does make me think of on the buses. Just a bit drab and dull.

But I think it is becoming more popular. Isla Fisher/Sacha Baron Cohen have an Olive.

zipzap Sat 11-Jan-14 14:19:40

I'm biased by my darling gran who was born early in the last century - she was called Olive and hated it.

Not least because all her elder sisters had pretty names for both first and second names. By the time they got to her, they'd run out of names and were still arguing going up the church path to get her christened. Apparently her dad got to the church door first and told the vicar that she would just be called Olive and wouldn't let her mum even choose a middle name. Which meant she was stuck with it and unlike her sisters didn't even have a middle name to fall back on. The injustice of the situation still rankled when she was old - and probably made her hate her name even more!

Pooka Sat 11-Jan-14 14:20:06

They also have an Elula though, which is odd.

OpalQuartz Sat 11-Jan-14 14:38:38

How about Violet? I would put that in the same category as Olive

OpalQuartz Sat 11-Jan-14 14:42:22

Seems like it's a definite marmite name based on the replies

aroha77 Sat 11-Jan-14 15:21:11

Wow thanks for all the replies, wondered if it was a bit of a marmite name ;)

I can see why people think Olivia is prettier in some ways but it sounds a bit posh to me (sorry, could be where we live!) and a close friend has recently called her dd it & is the sort of person to be annoyed if we did the same.

I'd completely forgotten the character in Easy A was called Olive, loved that film!

And thank you for the suggestion of Hazel. I like it but probably wouldn't use it as we have a niece with it as a middle name (after grandma).

To be honest this thread has made me more keen on it, I think seeing it written down so often has just made me like it more so it was worth asking - thanks! I'm sure the grandparents will get used to it! smile

P.s I'm not a kiwi but recently lived over there for a couple of years

aroha77 Sat 11-Jan-14 15:23:05

P.s yeah I really love Violet but wondered if it sounded more old fashioned and really dislike the nn Vi (just because associate it with someone!)

aroha77 Sat 11-Jan-14 15:24:08

Also I love the food olives and the colour as well so maybe that influences my view of the word!

Magicstars Sat 11-Jan-14 15:25:12

Love it!

sazzle30 Sat 11-Jan-14 15:33:28

Love Olivia but not a fan of Olive. Sorry!

NigellasDealer Sat 11-Jan-14 15:35:46

olive is a terrible name and all i think of is Olive from on the buses and Olive Oyl!
Olivia is a nice name though.

weebleswillwobble Sat 11-Jan-14 15:49:57

Lovely. Use it!

Pobblewhohasnotoes Sat 11-Jan-14 16:47:29

Olivia is pretty, Olive isnt. It's harsh sounding.

CaptainSinker Sat 11-Jan-14 17:04:22

The only Olive I have ever met was a colleague who hated her name. She was in her 50s but said she felt embarrassed to introduce herself when she started!

YouGrateMyCheese Sat 11-Jan-14 17:27:38

I loved Easy A too, op! And the character to me sort of personified my idea of a girl named Olive: smart, vivacious, something of a non-conformist. The little Olive I met is already quite the guitar player - at 6! She was really something. There was also the character of Olive Snook from Pushing Daisies, who was played by the always fab Kristin Chenoweth. She won an Emmy for the role.

OpalQuartz Sat 11-Jan-14 17:29:53

I think a lot of the names that are popular now are names that our generation and our parents' generation would have been embarassed to have. I remember Grace being a really old fashioned old lady name when I was younger and a friend was embarrassed by her middle name May as it was old fashioned in the 80s. My mum thinks Ella is an old lady name.
All pretty normal for young people now though

YouGrateMyCheese Sat 11-Jan-14 17:30:24

And if your Olive decided she didn't like her name for whatever reason, she could always go by Liv or Livvy. It's not like being named Apple. hmm

Nishky Sat 11-Jan-14 17:32:01

I really like it.

HoleyMoleyZoey Sat 11-Jan-14 22:58:45

It's lovely! We had some really negative comments about our choice of Jemima (also after she was born) but we went with it and have no regrets. I have no idea about this character people are talking about, as she grows she will own her name and everyone will forget the associations.

squoosh Sat 11-Jan-14 23:26:08

Really awful, just so very drab and dowdy.

On a par with Hilda and Gladys.

TinyDiamond Sat 11-Jan-14 23:32:47


gruffalosfriend Sun 12-Jan-14 08:20:26

But an olive will always be the green oily fruit (or is it a vegetable?)!

JapaneseMargaret Sun 12-Jan-14 08:22:32

Well, no, it won't. Putting aside the fact that olives come in colours other than green, it is also recognised as a woman's name.

It's nice, I don't love it, but you sound like you do. Equally I don't hate it, so if you introduced your dd to me as Olive I would probably say lovely name, nice to see it making a comeback.

My suggestions for an alternative

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 12-Jan-14 08:51:58

Great name, go for it! Please come back when she is born and tell us if you decided to use it !

Britishseamonkey Sun 12-Jan-14 12:06:46

Like it. Please please don't use Olivia. Either stick to Olive or pick something else. I think stick to Olive x

mammabear4 Sun 12-Jan-14 12:25:53

I love Olive, I'm 24 and absolutely none of my friends have heard of on the buses, so a couple of generations after mine it won't make the slightest difference! I have seen an episode as it was more my 67 year old grandma's era and it came on once when I was at her house a few years ago... But even my mum (who's 46) only vaguely remembered it being on and I doubt she'd really remember the Olive character. I think my grandma wouldn't be keen on the name but the older generation are never going to be keen on the names that are now becoming more fashionable which they see as outdated! For my LO (if it's a girl!) I would def consider Olive. Also keen on Nora, Kitty, Martha, Agnes, Iris.

My advice is - Go for it! It's unique and lovely smile

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Sun 12-Jan-14 12:38:15

I'm coming round to it. Years ago when Olivia was starting to be everywhere I thought about Olive as an alternative and felt a bit "meh" about it. But I keep hearing about baby Olives since then (although yet to meet one in RL) and it doesn't sound so odd now. I think it's definitely a name on the upswing. And I love Easy A; that's a good association for the name.

Ham69 Sun 12-Jan-14 13:20:49

Don't mind it (sorry! Neither love nor hate). Please don 't take any notice of grandparents. It's a generational thing. Do you honestly think DD will get 'On The Buses' jokes in the playground?

SoonToBeSix Sun 12-Jan-14 13:23:10

Hate it sorry, like Olivia though

miffybun73 Sun 12-Jan-14 17:16:11

Hate it because of "On the Buses" too and I'm only 40 smile

shelbytortoise Sun 12-Jan-14 17:25:25

Like it very much and more importantly so do you, which is all that counts.

My DD is Grace and we had similar with the grandparents not liking it or reminding them of old Aunty Grace etc...we wavered, very nearly called her something different and then found courage of our convictions and went with it.

10 years on she couldn't be anything else and everyone just loved it because it was her name and she was so scrummy!

Go for it OP

ImpOfDarkness Sun 12-Jan-14 17:52:28

Dislike it I'm afraid. There's a crime novel by Minette Walters called The Sculptress with a morbidly obese and unattractive murderess called Olive.

I have a colleague called Olivette if you want something a bit different.

hawkmcqueen Sun 12-Jan-14 18:54:05

Hate. I find it really unattractive and I hate olives!

I really dislike it. There are a few Olives around here already so it is, unfortunately, becoming quite popular in the South West.

It just sounds green and greasy to me.

thegreylady Sun 12-Jan-14 19:19:27

I like Edith nn Edie which is a similar era.I tried to like Olive but I'm not keen. Ivy is a bit better perhaps or Ava.

Love it! Gorgeous name. Please don't let your family put you off! I've made that mistake and regretted it!

notundermyfoof Mon 13-Jan-14 18:06:33

I love it! I met one last week, a lovely little girl aged 5. People will always find fault with names before they belong to an actual person, thats why I didn't tell anyone what names I was considering for my dcs until they were born and we were 100% certain on their name.

aroha77 Mon 13-Jan-14 19:38:56

Thanks everyone! Will let you know what we decide in may/June...!

Discovered another (pretty random reason!) to love Olive this week - Psalm 128:3 'your children shall be like olive shoots around your table'

TheDrugsWorkABitTooWellThanks Mon 13-Jan-14 19:42:12

It's a fruit. I prefer the black to the green, but then I have poor taste. Dislike pimento and anchovies intensely.

All the Olivia's I've known have been bitchy. But Olive is retro in a granny/hipster way that is quite cool. She will have too many olive dishes by the time she gets her own house.

LittleMissRedSparklyBaubles Mon 13-Jan-14 19:46:41

Love it! Agree with poster above that Liv/Livvy is a nice nn too.

grotbags1 Mon 13-Jan-14 19:47:01

My DD is Olive Grace and she is 4. Its an awesome name imo!! She gets lots of compliments on it all the time. Never had a clue about any 'on the buses' association until reading this thread although people sometimes do ask her about Popeye. She has no clue what they are getting at though :-)

BananaHammocks Tue 14-Jan-14 05:56:42

It's a bit too current for me. As some people have said, quite a few celebs have picked this name recently and look at the spike in popularity:


OpalQuartz Tue 14-Jan-14 11:17:15

I like that website Banana. Does it tell you how many children had that name each year? (I might be missing it.)

RedToothBrush Tue 14-Jan-14 11:39:58

The site is brilliant.

It tells you how many children had that name provided 3 or more children were named using that exact spelling. Just hover over the graph to see the number of children.

It does amuse me when I see thread with people going "yes this name is so unusual and under used, and when you actually go and check its something like the 15th most popular name of last year and there are hundreds of the little X's running around all over the country!!!

WaveySky Tue 14-Jan-14 16:02:49

I hate it. Just reminds me of olive oil or that popeye character.

ProfondoRosso Tue 14-Jan-14 16:08:11

I love it - Drew Barrymore's DD is Olive, and I really like her. And it makes me think of the amazing wee girl in Little Miss Sunshine.

Olivia is OK, but so ubiquitous right now (though that's no reason not to choose it). I'm too young to remember On the Buses, so it only has positive associations for me! grin

Mim78 Tue 14-Jan-14 16:14:55

I like it.

(I'm not that keen on Grace but probably only because it's so popular...)

twentyfourcarat Tue 14-Jan-14 22:40:00

My niece is
Olive Grace, so I love it.

OpalQuartz Tue 14-Jan-14 23:09:14

Thanks RedTooth

Panzee Tue 14-Jan-14 23:20:30

O live it grin

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