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Boy Name: Oliver

Name: Oliver
Pronunciation: \o-li-ver\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: olive tree
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Alvert, Alvar, Allvar, Alvern, Elvern
Variant forms: Noll, Oliverio, Olivero, Olivier, Oliviero, Olivio, Olivor, Olley, Ollie, Olliver, Ollivor
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 319
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 210

Description

Oliver \o-li-ver\ as a boy's 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 11 variant forms: Noll, Oliverio, Olivero, Olivier, Oliviero, Olivio, Olivor, Olley, Ollie, Olliver and Ollivor.

Baby names that sound like Oliver are Alvert, Alvar, Allvar, Alvern and Elvern.

View a list of the 4 names that reference Oliver.

Popularity

Oliver is a very popular first name for men (#319 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#210 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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