Oliver: Boys Baby Name Meaning

Oliver Baby Name

The meaning of the name Oliver is ‘elf’ or ‘olive tree planter’.

Oliver is of Old French and Medieval British origin and was generally associated with the Latin term/name olivarius ‘olive tree planter’ but may have been connected with the Germanic names for ‘wolf’ and ‘army’.

Oliver is also considered the modern form of the Old Anglo-Saxon Ælfhere from the Germanic elements ‘ælf’ meaning ‘elf’ and ‘hari’ meaning ‘army’.

Modern variants include French Olivier, Hungarian Olivér, Irish Oilibhéar or Oilibhéir, Scottish Gaelic Oilvreis, Portuguese Olívio,[5] Italian Oliviero, Spanish Óliver.

The name was introduced to England by the Normans where its form was possibly influenced again by its Anglo-Saxon cognate Alfhere.

It was commonly used in medieval England, but became rare after the Restoration, because of the unpopularity of Oliver Cromwell.

The name was revived in the nineteenth century, possibly inspired by the title character of Dickens’ Oliver Twist (1838). Pet forms of the English given name include Ollie.

Famous people who share the name Oliver:

Oliver Ditson, American businessman; Oliver Dragojević, Croatian pop singer; Oliver Ellsworth, American lawyer, politician, senator.

 

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