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(15 Posts)
WrappedInABlankie Wed 12-Nov-14 22:42:28

Apparently this is the 'posh name for Olivia.. Am I the. Only one who has never heard of this and would pronounce it oli-wa confused

ShatnersBassoon Wed 12-Nov-14 22:44:04

Polish, not posh.

Outfield Wed 12-Nov-14 22:45:26

I think perhaps you've misread "Polish" as "Posh" somewhere? see number 7

WrappedInABlankie Wed 12-Nov-14 22:45:56

Nope she thinks it posh, I said polish and she said everyone 'back in the day' was called Oliwia in the posh parts.. Don't know how far back in the day as she's 19 confused

TheAwfulDaughter Wed 12-Nov-14 22:45:56

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Smartiepants79 Wed 12-Nov-14 22:49:23

I've never seen this before and as an English speaker it just looks like Olivia spelt incorrectly.
It's the polish versions and in fact pronounced in the same way.

NormaStits Wed 12-Nov-14 23:16:35

It sounds like Jonathan Ross trying to say Olivia.

MrsCosmopilite Wed 12-Nov-14 23:23:10

It's Polish. Name of someone I was at school with (Polish parents, emigrated to the UK in the early 60s).

Sophronia Wed 12-Nov-14 23:24:57

It's the Polish form of Olivia and is pronounced the same. It's not a posh version of Olivia confused

divabroad Wed 12-Nov-14 23:27:05

Unless you are Polish, it looks like misspelt name.

LittleBearPad Wed 12-Nov-14 23:33:39


Alisvolatpropiis Thu 13-Nov-14 08:27:49

Definitely Polish.

manicinsomniac Thu 13-Nov-14 17:06:41

Echoing everyone else but yes, definitely Polish (or at least Eastern European). Just like Weronika and Wiktoria. Names that we recognise so they just look slightly wrong but aren't.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 13-Nov-14 18:04:46

Please assure your friend that w's have never been pronounced as v's in the a English language. grin

MrsCosmopilite Fri 14-Nov-14 18:37:41

The only thing I can think of, and it's really clutching at straws here, is that Dickens had a character (Sam Weller) who transposed V's and W's. So he would find something 'wery' hard, or would go 'avay'. I think the common interpretation is that this was CD's rendition of cockney. So definitely not posh!

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