Michael Weatherly Shares Meaning Behind Olivia’s Name

04/12/2012 at 05:00 PM ET

Michael Weatherly
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NCIS star Michael Weatherly andΒ Bojana JankovicΒ welcomed their daughter Olivia on Tuesday, but it wasn’t until after they chose her name (Mom picked it out!) that they realized its deeper significance.

“My wife Bojana is Serbian and her name means war or warrior,” Weatherly, 43, tells PEOPLE.

“And when you give someone an olive branch, that’s an offering of peace so Olivia is peace. I think we have a Tolstoy novel going on now: Mother and daughter, war and peace!”

In spite of the “happy coincidence,” the new dad says that Jankovic and their bundle of joy “are instantly getting along so well, so there’s no problems.”

The same can be said for baby girl and Weatherly, who will continue shooting his CBS show until it wraps in a few weeks — and then he’ll have more time to spend with his family. Still, he adds, being on set isn’t all bad.

“I instantly felt surrounded by the love,” he says of sharing the birth announcement with the cast and crew. “I got a big hug from Mark Harmon. I was of course texting everyone! Everyone here has been incredibly supportive.”

— Lesley Messer

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Sandra on

Im so happy for you Michael and Bojana and Baby Olivia, I love that name. Babies are such a wonderful blessing πŸ™‚ Congratulations! Cant wait to see her pics πŸ™‚

klutzy_girl on

That’s a really cute story! And aww at Mark hugging him.

SAR on

That’s very sweet. Olivia is a beautiful name anyway, but it signifying peace makes it even more so.

I hope for Bojana’s sake that Olivia wasn’t as big as August, Michael’s son with Amelia Heinle. As I recall, August weighed over 10 lbs.

SF on

Congrats to one of the nice people….hope this Hollywood story has a happy forever after.

Sandra on

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! I also have an Olivia and she is my sweetheart too!! Many people want to find out the meaning of a name before naming their child and that is great! I just named my daughter Olivia because I thought it was beautiful! Enjoy her!

hush on

I will be happy to explain why I named my dog Cinnamon. The story is just as lame as this one is. They should have named her Garlic to keep the vampires awaay and to keep from catching colds.

sarah on

Contratulations to a terrific actor…

Fallon on

Beautiful name! So nice to see a celebrity name their child something normal.

aj on

I just assumed he was a an of the Misses de Havilland and Newton-John.

Nancy on

Congratulations to the new parents. My precious ‘bundle of joy’ is now a sweet, loving teenager and the greatest gift God has given specifically to me. I am grateful everyday for this gift.

Have to add that a hug from Mark Harmon could NEVER be a bad thing…

Kim on

Wonder how often he sees his son with his first wife.

Florence on

Best wishes and congrats to you and your family. Sure will miss NCIS.
I watch all the time.

Kathy on

@Kim…and you wonder for what reason? Just something to bring negativity to a sweet article? @ Hush…you’re as lame as Kim. Go find a playground somwhere where you can act your age and not be laughed at.

Amy on

I love the name Olivia, I chose it for my youngest daughter, who is now 2 years old. It is a classic and I never have to correct people on pronunciation, or spelling
…….it is a GREAT name!

Mary on

As a teacher, I thank you for the “never have to correct people on pronunciation” part….oh, you have no idea! πŸ™‚

kimber on

Congratulations to Michael and Bojana on the new addition to the family. All my hopes that mom and baby are happy and healthy, it certainly sounds like dad is thrilled, which is wonderful! Also wonderful is the love and support from friends and family, as I had no doubt the cast and crew would be happy for Michael and Bojana.

Mary on

Luca is a beautiful baby! He’s the cutest celebrity baby in my opinion!

Molly on

What a beautiful name! Congrats!

Kim on

@Kathy. Not being “negative” at all. Simply wondering. So sorry for having an actual thought that offended your delicate sensibilities.

ece on

Oh I’m so jelaous of Bojana cause I have a hugeee crush on Michael, congrats to both of them. I really wanna see that baby

Beth on

I love the name Olivia! Had we had a girl that is what we were going to name her!

3kittymama on

Love Michael’s character on NCIS! Congratulations to Michael, Bojana, and baby Olivia, and my wishes for years of health and happiness.

Proudmom59 on

you are indeed Blessed my dear michael and your wife is doubly blessed for the beautiful gift God has given you. Make every day count and remember nothing is more than family!!

MB on

@hush, that is SO irrelevant and uncalled for. Why don’t you just “hush” and go play with your dog?

Congrats to both of them, children are such a blessing!

nettie on

Congrats Michael,,, That’s Awesome

Sherry on

I have an Alivia, but she is graduating High School in May. Treasure every day because it goes so fast!( I know I used an “A” instead an “O”.)I can watch NCIS all day long!

Beth on

His grandfather invented the Swiss knife..lol.

Cheryl on

Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. I named my daughter that as well but spell it a bit differently Olyvia.

Dinah on

Congratulations. Can’t wait to see a family photo.