Liv

Liv is a Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish female name which comes from Old Norse hlíf meaning “protection, cover, defense, shield”, the spelling influenced by the Scandinavian word liv meaning “life”. In Norse mythology, Líf is one of two humans who will survive the events of Ragnarok, along with Lífþrasir. Liv is also a nickname for Olivia or Olive; Olivia may have been based on Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or it could based be a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army”; or it could be from Old Norse Olaf meaning “ancestor’s descendant”. Liv could also be used as a diminutive of Liviaan Ancient Roman name, the feminine form of Livius, an Ancient Roman family name of uncertain meaning though it’s been linked to Latin liveo meaning “to envy” or lividus meaning “blue, envious”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Live (Norwegian)
  • Liva (Danish)
  • Lív (Faroese, Icelandic)
  • Líf (Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic)
  • Hlíf (Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic)

 

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