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What does Oliver mean?

Oliver Pronunciation of Oliver [oliv-er] 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.

Associated with: tree, knights (warrior), old, norse, biblical, beauty (handsome), peace, literary, stone (rock).


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

Affiliated boy name: Havelock.

Oliver has 1 feminine form: Olivia.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Olafer, Oliverri, ..

(female) Oliverra, Olivra, ..

How popular is Oliver?

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 #19 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Oliver name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Displayed below is a study of the popularity of Oliver and corresponding names. Popular variation forms of Oliver (#19 in 2015) are Olivier (#1891 in 2015) and Ollie (#1403). Adoption of these relations of Oliver is well-received among parents today (adoption of 0.62%), except for the version Ollie which has become less trendy. Oliver has historically been preferred by parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Oliver, Olivier, Ollie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Alger, Alister, Allger, Allmer, Altaer, Alter, Bailer, Beiler, Carver, Clive, Colier, Colver, Denver, Dover, Eizer, Elber, Elder, Elemer, Eliezer, Elisher, Ellger (see Alger), Ellmer, Elmer, Gainer, Glover, Grover, Haider, Halver, Helier, Inver, Iver, Joiner, Kaiser, Keifer, Maier, Meier, Miner, Nailer, Obie, Odie, Odile, Ofeer, Ofir, Ogier, Olav, Olave, Ole, Olexei, Olexey, Olimpo, Olin, Olindo, Olov, Omer, Osher, Osier, Osker, Oved, Piper, Rainer, Reiner, Rider, Riker, River, Rover, Silver, Slater, Snider, Spider, Sylver, Tailer, Tiger, Traver, Ulmer and Weaver. These names tend to be less frequently used than Oliver.

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