First recorded as a given name of Latvians in 1461. Possibly from Līvija (“Livia”), or a feminine form of the rare medieval name Līvs, from līvs (“Livonian”). Compare Danish Liva.
- A female given name.
- Klāvs Siliņš: Latviešu personvārdu vārdnīca. Riga "Zinātne" 1990, →ISBN
-  Population Register of Latvia: Līva was the only given name of 1970 persons in Latvia on May 21st 2010.