The name Olivet is probably the most iconic and well known names in the Bible due to its significance during Jesus lifetime, yet it is without much use in all of history when it comes to names (it has never hit the top 1000 names in the US!)
We love it’s familiarity and majestic spin on the name Olive which is popping up everywhere these days. It’s the perfect name if you are searching for something unique & biblical, yet instantly recognizable.
Original Language + Form: Latin oliva and Greek ἐλαιών
Range of Meanings: Mount of Olives, Olives, Olive Tree
References or Context: Olivet is rich in meaning throughout the life of Jesus, but even long before that it held significance! Mount of Olives is first mentioned by name during the time of King David (2 Samuel 15). Olivet is also thought to be the mountain Ezekiel talks about in Ezekiel 11:23. Most importantly, Olivet played a major role as the location for some incredible events during Jesus day. To name a few, it is the place where Jesus taught His disciples, where He was betrayed, and where He is said to have ascended into heaven.
“And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away”
If you like the biblical baby name Olivet, you will love: Asa