Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
786 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
So there's a girl's name that my husband and I both like (for the same reason) that I just discovered has a recent pop culture association. I'm curious to see what association (if any) other people have with it.<br><br>
The name is Livia. What/who does that make you think of?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,224 Posts
<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> My first thought was it sounded like some type of medicine.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,508 Posts
It makes me think of a Roman empress. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I have no idea what the pop culture reference might even be.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,042 Posts
Liv Tyler. Olivia is detective Benson on Law & Order SVU, and Agent Dunham on Fringe, but I don't think any of those associations are particularly strong. Olivias on TV are strong, independent characters.<br><br>
Olivia is a classic, it's not like...say, Iggy, Madonna, or Cher, where there is only one association possible.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,042 Posts
Oh, and Livia Soprano, on the TV show. Again, not a strong enough association.<br><br>
By the time she grows up, the Sopranos won't be a big deal. Ditto Lost characters...these are not enduring associations for time immemorial.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
4,839 Posts
My cousin's daughter is Olivia, and I think of her when I hear Livia.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,923 Posts
I really like it. It's very, very close to my daughter's name. She was a famous Roman, right? I can't remember which one she was. LOL, I guess just make sure she's not one of the ones who slept with her brother and killed her sons or something like that. There were some pretty horrifying Romans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
The one thing that might get annoying is that Olivia is such an incredibly popular name I can forsee you having the following conversation at least once a day:<br><br>
"Child's name?"<br>
"Livia."<br>
"Hi Oliva!"<br>
"No, Livia."<br>
"Oh, right." (writes down "Olivia" on form or nametag anyway)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
151 Posts
No clue what the pop culture reference might be, but I hear it as a shortened version of Olivia. I recently met a toddler named "Liv" and absolutely love that...but that immediately made me think of Liv Tyler.<br><br>
Ditto what lach (above) said about people thinking you are saying "Olivia". Everyone thinks I'm saying "Karen" when I say my DD's name is "Caris". I'm trying hard to enunciate that S at the end.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,294 Posts
DDCC<br><br>
I associate it with my childhood friend's mother, an elegant ex-hippie. It seemed exotic to me, although now I realize that it's an ancient classic. I do <i>not</i> associate it with Liv Tyler.<br><br>
I think it's a terrific name.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
786 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
The Sopranos reference was the one I was worried about. I've never seen a single episode of the show but the name seems to only have made it into the top 1000 after it began airing.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>lach</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/15440018"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I really like it. It's very, very close to my daughter's name. She was a famous Roman, right? I can't remember which one she was. LOL, I guess just make sure she's not one of the ones who slept with her brother and killed her sons or something like that. There were some pretty horrifying Romans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
Livia Drusilla was the second wife of Claudius. I don't remember if she was involved in any incest, but there was quite a bit of suspicion at the time that she was a bit of a serial killer<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> EDIT: Um I mean the third wife of Augustus and the grandmother to Claudius (and Caligula!).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The one thing that might get annoying is that Olivia is such an incredibly popular name I can forsee you having the following conversation at least once a day:<br><br>
"Child's name?"<br>
"Livia."<br>
"Hi Oliva!"<br>
"No, Livia."<br>
"Oh, right." (writes down "Olivia" on form or nametag anyway)<br></td>
</tr></table></div>
Thank you. This is probably why we won't use it now. The connection with Olivia didn't occur to me, but there's no way I can use a name that's that closely associated with one in the top ten.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
330 Posts
I love the name Livia and Liv! When I hear the name Olivia it makes me think of the character Raven Simone played on The Cosby Show when she was about 5. She was really adorable so I think I associate that name with an adorable little girl.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
226 Posts
I think it is a fantastic name. I also love Liv, and despite the actress, who I happen to think is just gorgeous, the name is lovely either way. It does conjure the name Olivia for me, which makes me think of Celie's child's adopted name in The Color Purple, but this is not a negative association in the least.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,679 Posts
first word by association that comes to mind after I see LIVIA is LIFE.<br><br>
I think Livia is pretty, soft, feminine. Graceful and elegant. I like it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
71 Posts
Very pretty and girlie. I love it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
171 Posts
I like it. It does remind me a bit of Olivia, and I can see it getting confusing.<br><br>
Other associations. . .Livi and Libby. . .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,177 Posts
I had to think about it for a minute before I came up with Livia Soprano. I seriously doubt that anyone your child's age would even know about the Sopranos, so I don't see her getting teased for it. Coincidentally, DP and I both like Meadow for a girl and we thought of the Sopranos too, and all of our friends and family have assured us that hardly anybody is even thinking about that show anymore.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
786 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
So it seemed like we had discarded this name because of its similarity to Olivia... the popularity being a major drawback. (My name is Megan and I was born in 1983... enough said.)<br><br>
BUT... I mentioned the name Livia (along with several others) to our two year old and she now insists that the baby's name is Livia and that nothing else at all will do. She even claims that "the baby told her her name," but she's constantly making up outrageous stories about "the baby" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/pinktongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="raz"><br><br>
Oh well, at least the Livia Soprano association doesn't seem to be that strong. If anyone was curious the Livia that both my husband and I associate with the name is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livia" target="_blank">Livia Drusilla Julia Augusta</a> who is definitely more infamous than famous...
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top