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What does Oliver mean?

Oliver Pronunciation of Oliver 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)


VARIANTS Noll, Oliverio, Olivero, Olivier, Oliviero, Olivio, Olivor, Olley, Ollie, Olliver, Ollivor

SEE ALSO Havelock




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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)

Oliver reached its peak rank of #5 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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?

Popular variation forms of Oliver (#5 IN 2018) are Olivier and Ollie (#1232). Adoption of these relations of Oliver is well-received among parents today (ADOPTION OF 0.75%), 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-sounding 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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