Origin : Latin

olive tree

The name Oliver is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree". Oliver derives from Olivier, the Norman French variation of the Ancient Germanic name Alfher or the Old Norse Aleifr, which comes from Olaf. Olivier emerged as the dominant spelling for its associations with the Latin word oliva, meaning “olive tree.” Oliver was used as a given name in medieval England after the spread of the French epic poem ‘La Chanson de Roland,’ which features a character named Olivier. Oliver, a very popular choice in England, Australia and New Zealand, only entered the list of Top 100 baby boy names in the U.S. for the first time in 2009, but has already jumped to the top of the charts. Why? Because Oliver is energetic and good-natured, stylish but not nearly as trendy as twin-sister Olivia, with a meaning symbolizing peace and fruitfulness. Oliver works particularly well with single-syllable surnames, as in Oliver Stone, North and Puck (son of Wolfgang). Other celebrities who have chosen Oliver include Bridget Fonda, Fred Savage, Stephen Stills, and Taylor Hawkes. Popular in medieval times, Oliver lost favor in England after the seventeenth century rule of Oliver Cromwell, then was revived in the nineteenth century. Its biggest boost in this country came from the hit book and movie Love Story, which also catapulted Jennifer to stardom. Notable namesakes range from Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oliver Hardy to Oliver Stone. In fiction, there is Oliver Twist, and Oliver is also a Harry Potter name. Oliver is also enjoying huge popularity throughout Scandinavia at the moment. More exotic foreign flair comes from the French Olivier, the Spanish Olivero and the Italian Oliviero.

Popularity of name Oliver over time

There are 166994 people in the U.S. with the first name Oliver, this name was mostly popular in 2018 with popularity 13389 .

Oliver is used for both genders.

99.64 percent of people with the first name Oliver are man

0.36 percent of people with the first name Oliver are woman

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Most Famous People Named Oliver

" novel by Charles Dickens and its main character
cat in "Oliver & Company
character on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Lord Protector of Britain
character on TV's "The Brady Bunch"
DC Comics superhero
English actor
English actor
lead vocalist of British band Bring Me The Horizon
American actor
character from season 2 of TV's "American Horror Story"
American actor
character in book/movie "Love Story"
American film director
American comic
American war hero
American physician and writer
character in the Harry Potter series
character on TV's "Slings and Arrows"
character on TV's "The OC"
main character on TV's Green Acres"
Austrian tennis player
character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
Irish novelist

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Names Created Using the Letters in Oliver