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Thoughts on Olive...

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sophiepumpkin Sun 17-Jul-16 20:45:28

We have had the name Martha picked for our baby girl, due soon, for a long time. I've recently had a wobble because I've met a few other Martha's and the name appears to be gaining in popularity. I am very taken with Olive but wondered what the consensus is, it seems to be a love it or hate it one. Thoughts on the names much appreciated.

SickRose Sun 17-Jul-16 20:47:26

Oh I love Olive! It's top of my list at the moment. Just need to actually get pregnant now...

Meeep Sun 17-Jul-16 20:48:05

I really like it!

Bluesand1 Sun 17-Jul-16 20:48:15

I like Olive and haven't met a baby Olive yet whereas I know of one baby Martha (not that popular near me though)

venys Sun 17-Jul-16 20:48:54

Love it smile

DramaAlpaca Sun 17-Jul-16 20:49:18

I love Olive.

I used to absolutely hate it and thought of it as a much less nice version of Olivia, but I've changed my mind completely in the last couple of years and now much prefer Olive.

You can still use Liv or Livvy as a nickname, too.

I like it much better than Martha, actually.

iCloud Sun 17-Jul-16 20:49:42

I don't really like it, it reminds me of a greasy khaki colour

Rainbowqueeen Sun 17-Jul-16 20:50:28

Love it

Definitely would have used it if it didn't clas with my last name

Rainbowqueeen Sun 17-Jul-16 20:51:01

Oops. Clash with my last name!

HopperBusTicket Sun 17-Jul-16 20:51:04

I think Olive and Martha are both lovely. Have you considered Margot, Audrey or Ellen *

* Two boys and would love a girl but it isn't going to happen so have to live vicariously ...

cornishglos Sun 17-Jul-16 20:52:18

I don't think Olive would work for a fair skinned child.

NapQueen Sun 17-Jul-16 20:52:29

Olive was my top name for dc2 but it was a boy. I wasn't brave enough to use it on dc1 (dd)

villainousbroodmare Sun 17-Jul-16 20:53:34

It really makes me think of an olive.
I prefer Olivia, but it's very popular.
I love Margot, Audrey and Ellen.

BettyOBarley Sun 17-Jul-16 20:55:23

I know of siblings called Olive and Martha!
I think they're both lovely.

sophiepumpkin Sun 17-Jul-16 21:01:38

Now to persuade DH !

SteviebunsBottrittrundle Sun 17-Jul-16 21:02:01

Both lovely! Think I prefer Olive slightly.

thundercake Sun 17-Jul-16 21:04:36

Makes me think of Olive Oil from Popeye, and I know two baby Olives so I'm not that keen. Martha is lovely thought. What about 'Orla'? Irish name and can be spelt 'Órlaith' or... can't remember the other spelling.

mustbetimeforacreamtea Sun 17-Jul-16 21:05:56

To me I automatically think of the character Olive from On the Buses and Popeye's girlfriend but then I'm geriatric.

BennyTheBall Sun 17-Jul-16 21:07:05

Just my opinion....but I think Olive is a really ugly name.

Olivia however, is OK.

RiverTam Sun 17-Jul-16 21:09:07

Awful, sorry. One of those out-of-fashion-for-a-reason granny names that MN is so fond of, for some inexplicable reason. I think it's a terrible name to saddle a child with.

PinkyPlumet Sun 17-Jul-16 21:10:59

Same as thoughts on avocado

SanityClause Sun 17-Jul-16 21:12:24


sophiepumpkin Sun 17-Jul-16 21:13:25

Oh no shock

Liz09 Sun 17-Jul-16 21:16:51

Love it. I like it more than Olivia, but it seems to lend itself more to both Ollie/Liv/Livvy short forms than Olivia, plus it's more unusual and has that granny chicness about it.

Still shitty that I can't use it myself, as we already have an Olivia in the family and it's just too close. Hmmph. >:|

Liz09 Sun 17-Jul-16 21:18:35

That's supposed to say, "I love it more than Olivia, BECAUSE..."

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