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Another Old-Fashioned New Baby: Drew Barrymore Welcomes Olive

Another Old-Fashioned New Baby: Drew Barrymore Welcomes Olive
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Actress Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman announced the birth of their daughter, Olive via a statement to People. Olive Barrymore Kopelman is the first child for the newlyweds.

We last saw Olive used by actress Isla Fisher and husband Sasha Baron-Cohen for their elder daughter, born in 2007. Olive is another of many Old Lady Names that seem to be making a comeback among those looking for classic but unusual names. Like Carson Daly’s new daughter Etta, and Tori Spelling’s Hattie, this name is not currently popular but may strike a chord with current namers looking for inspiration from the past. This particular 19th century favorite had a 50-year absence from the baby name charts, before rising again­—possibly buoyed by current #4, sound-alike (but unrelated) Olivia.  

In its most popular year, Olive came in at #82 way back in 1893. That year’s top 100 included current no-gos: Edna, Gladys, and Gertrude, as well as recent celebrity picks Ella, Ruby, and Sadie. With its lack of trendy –a or –ie ending, we once might have thought Olive would be confined to the same dusty corridors of history as Mildred or Myrtle, but thanks to a few parents who take the leap, we may seem some 1890s favorites return.

While Drew may have taken a look back at 1890s names, another possible inspiration is a TV Christmas special she did in 1999 (as our fellow bloggers and a commenter noted). Drew was the voice of the titular character in Olive, The Other Reindeer. We love the idea of this character sticking with her for over a decade and perhaps inspiring a secret namesake.

What do you think of the name Olive? What are some of your favorite "Old Lady Names"? 

--H.A.

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October 1, 2012 10:11 PM
By Erinne (not verified)

I like it, and here in Portland OR, it seems to be on the rise. I know a few little Olives. I saw some website referring to Drew's "WEIRD!" baby name and was surprised to see it was just Olive.

October 2, 2012 12:26 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Sorry, but I hate this name...it's just ugly, IMO. But, to each his own!

October 2, 2012 12:32 PM
By hillary (not verified)

I think it's cute! I actually have a couple of generations of 19th century women in my family who were Olive Olivia [Lastname].

October 2, 2012 2:08 PM
By Kateheart (not verified)

I heard earlier about the name choice, but I just realized that Drew Barrymore voiced a cute dog character named Olive in a animated Christmas movie called: "Olive, the other reindeer". My now teenage kids loved it and she is on the DVD extras talking about her work or I never would have known. Apparently the tabloid magazine people haven't made the connection yet- maybe this is a "scoop" right here on NameCandy.

October 2, 2012 2:17 PM
By Hikma

Thanks for the comment Kateheart. You're right and one of our other bloggers mentioned it as well! I'll update the post.

October 3, 2012 6:51 AM
By Ashley

Another possible connection/inspiration: Olive is a green color. Isn't Drew's mom named Jaid (Jade)? Too much of a stretch?

October 4, 2012 9:44 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

Unfortunately I agree with the Anon who doesn't like this name. I just don't think it's pretty, and when I hear it I immediately taste olives.

I'm mostly surprised that Drew is married and had a baby! I didn't know either of those things.

October 5, 2012 2:05 AM
By pamella najera (not verified)

That year’s top 100 included current no-gos: Edna, Gladys.

October 9, 2012 10:03 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I agree with the naysayers...u-g-l-y!!! It's not just old-fashioned, it's old-lady. It was a miss back then, and it's a big miss now!

October 9, 2012 10:59 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

If she wanted to go old-lady, it would have been cute if she'd named her Gertie!

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