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Gender: M Meaning of Oliver: "olive tree" Origin of Oliver: Latin Oliver's Popularity in 2013: #52

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Oliver, now the Number 2 name in England, also entered the Top 100 in the U.S. for the first time in 2009, and is now at Number 52, having jumped 21 places. Why? Because Oliver is energetic and good-natured, stylish but not nearly as trendy as twin-sister Olivia, with a meaning symbolizing peace and fruitfulness.

Oliver works particularly well with single-syllable surnames, as in Oliver Stone, North and Puck (son of Wolfgang). Other celebrities who have chosen Oliver include Bridget Fonda, Fred Savage, Stephen Stills, and Taylor Hawkes.

Popular in medieval times, Oliver lost favor in England after the seventeenth century rule of Oliver Cromwell, then was revived in the nineteenth century. Its biggest boost in this country came from the hit book and movie Love Story, which also catapulted Jennifer to stardom. Notable namesakes range from Oliver Wendell Holmes to Oliver Hardy to Oliver Stone. In fiction, there is Oliver Twist, and Oliver is also a Harry Potter name.

Oliver is enjoying huge popularity throughout Scandinavia at the moment, ranking Number 64 in Sweden. More exotic foreign flair comes from the French Olivier, the Spanish Olivero and the Italian Oliviero.

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Famous People Named Oliver

Oliver Stone, American film director
Oliver Hardy, American comic
Oliver Wendell Holmes, American physician and writer
Oliver "Oli" Scott Sykes, English singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of British band Bring Me The Horizon
Oliver Reed, English actor
Oliver Phelps, American war hero
Oliver James Platt, American actor
Oliver Chris, English actor
Oliver Burgess Meredith, American actor (known as Burgess Meredith)
Sir Oliver Lodge, physicist and writer
Jamie Oliver, chef
Oliver "Olly" Murs, English musician
Oliver Hudson, American actor
Wyatt Oliver Olsen, son of actor Eric Christian Olsen
Oliver Phelps, actor who played George Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, twin brother to James Phelps
Oliver Jackson-Cohen, English actor
Oliver Coleman, English Actor who plays Dr. Tom Kent in Casualty
Oliver Miller Bernsen, son of actor Corbin Bernsen
Oliver Philip Savage, son of actor Fred Savage
Oliver Finlay Dallas, son of actress Ginnifer Goodwin and actor Josh Dallas
Oliver "Olly" Alexander Thornton, British actor, script writer, and lead singer for the band Years & Years

Pop Culture References for the Name Oliver

"Oliver Twist" (1837-8) - novel by Charles Dickens which follows the vicissitudes of its eponymous hero, a young orphan, as he falls into and out of the clutches of ill-wishers and criminals
Oliver - the cat from Disney's "Oliver & Company."
Oliver - hero of "Love Story"
Oliver Welles - from TV show "Slings and Arrows"
Oliver Queen - the alias of DC comics superhero the Green Arrow
Oliver - "Green Acres"
Dr. Oliver Threadson from season 2 of TV's "American Horror Story"
Oliver Oken - character on the Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana"
Oliver Wood - from the Harry Potter series
Oliver Trask - psycho antagonist from The OC
Youtubers Bryan and Missy from "The Bumps Along The Way" and "DailyBumps" named their son Oliver James
Oliver- Orlando's brother in Shakespeare's As You Like It
Oliver's Army, song by Elvis Costello

Noll, Ollie, Olliver, Ollyver, Olyver

Oliver's International Variations

Olivier (French) Oilibhear (Irish) Oliviero (Italian) Oliwjer (Polish) Olivieros (Portuguese) Oliverio (Spanish)