Oliver is a name with English origins. Contrary to popular belief, the meaning of Oliver is Elf Army. The name has nothing to do with olives or olive trees. It originates from the Germanic name Alfher composed of the elements alf (elf) and hari (army/warrior). The most common nickname for Oliver is Ollie. Other nicknames include Ol and Oly.
Oliver is a very popular name in the United States and Great Britain. It was #52 in the United States in 2013 per the Social Security Administration. It is in the top 10 among user lists on BabyNames.com, rating #3 on the BabyNames.com Most Popular Names of 2014.
Famous Olivers include director Oliver Stone and actors Oliver Hardy,
Oliver Platt, Oliver Reed and Oliver Hudson. Oliver Wendall Holmes was an
American Supreme Court Justice and Oliver Cromwell was a famous British
military leader and politician. Both Oliver North (general) and Oliver Hazard
Perry (commodore) were famous American military leaders. Jamie Oliver is a famous British chef.
People who like the name Oliver like names that are traditional and from Great Britain.
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