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Meaning and name origin

Oliver \o-li-ver\ as a boy's 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.


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

There is 1 feminine form of Oliver: Olivia.


Oliver is a very popular first name for males (#319 out of 1220, Top 26%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#210 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Oliver for boys (2014 statistics).

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 the boy name Oliver and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Oliver (#32) and Ollie. (2014 statistics).

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

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