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MrsMattie Wed 29-Jul-09 18:26:51

A friend is heavily pregnant with a girl and loves the name Liv. She likes Olivia / Livia, but she thinks Olivia is 'too popular' and besides, she loves Liv. What's the general consensus? Should she just name her baby Liv on her birth cert or give her a 'proper' name and have her known as Liv?

BikeRunSki Wed 29-Jul-09 18:33:09

Baby Olivias and Olivers all over the place round here. Your friend is right.

Could she have Lavinia? Lily? Elizabeth? Lillian? Lydia? All just about justifiable to shorten to Liv, but I would assume (and I know I shouldn't) that Liv was short for Olivia.

HerHonesty Wed 29-Jul-09 18:39:42

most olivias are shortened to liv anyway so she'll end up with a popular name anyway..

bevlin Wed 29-Jul-09 21:05:22

I know someone who's sometimes calls her Olivia - Livi, which is cute and suits her

Stannie Thu 30-Jul-09 17:44:19

I always liked Olivia and the shortened form of Livvy but Olivia's are absolutely everywhere here now.. sighs and so OH has said no chance now.. it's turning up on too many Darren & Sharon birth announcements with weird spellings too..

I have seen



Bumperslucious Thu 30-Jul-09 18:03:41

I know a Livia, think it is lovely, and not at all common I don't think.

LynetteScavo Thu 30-Jul-09 18:05:26

Personally I would go for Olivia on the birth certificate.....but then I'm quite traditional.

KERALA1 Thu 30-Jul-09 18:53:53

Lots and lots of Olivias if that bothers her dont do it.

Northernlurker Thu 30-Jul-09 18:58:49

Generally i'm not too keen on Livia - because of the scary Roman Empress in I Claudius but it is actually a pretty name and she wouldn't be using it all the time. I would go for that over Olivia tbh.

Tidey Thu 30-Jul-09 18:59:02

I love the name Livia but I think I've seen it discussed before and people are put off by the evil 'I Claudius' woman.

Tillyscoutsmum Thu 30-Jul-09 19:08:21

My dn is a Liv - just Liv. Quite unusual I suppose but not outrageous imho

Shugarlips Thu 30-Jul-09 19:17:56

My DD name is Olivia and we call her Livi and her brother calls her Lily and her friends call her lilla! Actually I don't know anyone who calls her Olivia! Glad I have Olivia on the birth certificate though. We named her after Olivia de Haviland (terrible spelling I know!)so she doesn't give a damm! wink

Shugarlips Thu 30-Jul-09 19:22:24

That doesn't make sense though coz it was Rhet Butler (again terrible spelling sorry!!!) who said that wasn't it?! Embarassing what one glass of wine does!blush

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