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Origin: Germany
Region Origin: Western Europe

The name Oliver is a masculine given name with origins in Old French and Medieval British. The meaning of Oliver is derived from the Latin term "olivarius," which means "olive tree planter" or "olive branch bearer". Other proposed origins include the Germanic names *wulfa- "wolf" and *harja- "army"; the Old Norse Óleifr (Ólaf); a genuinely West Germanic name, perhaps from ala- "all" and wēra "true" (possibly cognate with Álvaro); the Anglo-Saxon Alfhere; and the Greek name Eleutherios. Oliver gained popularity in Western Europe due to the French epic "La Chanson de Roland," in which Olivier was a friend and advisor of the hero Roland. The name experienced a revival in the 19th century, partly due to the title character in Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist" (1838). Oliver has since become a popular given name for boys in various countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia.

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