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.
Oliver has 1 feminine form: Olivia.
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)
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)