The name Oliver is of English origin and means "Descendant Of The Ancestor." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Contrary to popular belief, the Oliver has nothing to do with the olive tree. The name Oliver is derived from the old Norse name Áleifr, meaning "ancestor's descendant." The most common nickname for Oliver is Ollie. Other nicknames include Ol and Oly.
Famous Olivers include director Oliver Stone and actors Oliver Hardy, Oliver Platt, Oliver Reed, and Oliver Hudson. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. 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.
Oliver is also an English musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist.
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