The meaning of the name Oliver is Descendant Of The Ancestor. 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.
Contrary to popular belief, Oliver is derived from the old Norse name Áleifr, 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. 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.
Oliver is also an English musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist.
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