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.
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).
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).