Oliver

Pronunciation: o-hle-e-ve-hr
Origin: Germany
gender-male
Author

Emmy Samtani

Emmy Samtani

Emmy is the founder of Kiindred and mother to 3 little ones. Over the last 4 years, she has worked with some of the most credible experts in the parenting space and is a keen contributor on all things parenthood.
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.

Oliver Name Popularity Data

chat-overall Overall: Oliver is currently #1 on Kiindred
gender-female Boy: Oliver is currently #1 on Kiindred Boy Names
gender-male Overall Unique: Oliver is currently #1 on Kiindred Unique Names
gender-male Boy Unique: Oliver is currently #1 on Kiindred Boy Unique Names

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Famous People Named Oliver

  • Oliver Stone: Oliver Stone is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter known for his films "Platoon," "JFK," and "Wall Street."
  • Oliver Sacks: Oliver Sacks was a British neurologist, naturalist, and author known for his books on neurological disorders, including "Awakenings" and "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat." He passed away in 2015.
  • Oliver Twist: Oliver Twist is a fictional character and the protagonist of Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," known for his life as an orphan in Victorian England.
  • Oliver Hudson: Oliver Hudson is an American actor known for his roles in "Rules of Engagement," "Nashville," and "Splitting Up Together."
  • Oliver North: Oliver North is an American political commentator, television host, and retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel known for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair.
  • Oliver Platt: Oliver Platt is an accomplished actor who has appeared in various films and television shows, including "The Big C" and "The West Wing."