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What does Oliver mean?

Oliver \o-li-ver\ as a boys' name is pronounced AH-lih-ver. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Oliver is "olive tree". Name of one of Charlemagne's knights in the 12th-century poem "Chanson de Roland". Also possibly from Alfihar (Old German) "host of elves" or Olafr (Old Norse) "ancestor". Biblical: the olive tree is a symbol of fruitfulness, beauty, and dignity. Today "extending an olive branch" traditionally signifies an offer of peace. Literary: the title character in Dickens' "Oliver Twist". Film director Oliver Stone; actor Oliver Platt.


Variations

Oliver has 11 variants: Noll, Oliverio, Olivero, Olivier, Oliviero, Olivio, Olivor, Olley, Ollie, Olliver and Ollivor.

Oliver has 1 feminine form: Olivia.


Popularity

Oliver is a very prominent first name for males (#319 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#248 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Oliver for boys. Oliver reached its peak rank of #32 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Oliver name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Oliver outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Oliver and corresponding names. The only other popular variation form of Oliver (#32 in 2014) is Ollie. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.873%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.484%, down 44.6%), with the version Ollie becoming less trendy. Oliver (#32) is the most trendy baby name in this list, and there is also a revival in birth name usage for this name. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Oliver, Ollie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Oliver, Ollie outside U.S.

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