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All about the name Oliver

English Origin
"Ancestor's Descendant"
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What does the name Oliver mean? The meaning of the name Oliver is Ancestor's Descendant. The origin of the name Oliver is English. This is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word, the language.

Oliver is a name with English origins. Contrary to popular belief, Oliver is derived from the old Norse name √Āleifr meaning "ancestor's descendant." It has nothing to do with olives or olive trees. The most common nickname for Oliver is Ollie. Other nicknames include Ol and Oly.


Oliver is a very popular naOliver Hudsonme 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, rating #3 on the 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.

People who like the name Oliver also like:
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Songs about Oliver
Oliver Twisted - The Vaselines
Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello