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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 Cromwell, Lord Protector of Britain
(William) Oliver Stone, American film director
Oliver Hardy (born Norvell Hardy), American comic
Oliver Wendell Holmes, American physician and writer
Oliver Goldsmith, Irish novelist, playwright and poet
Oliver "Oli" Scott Sykes, lead vocalist of British band Bring Me The Horizon
Oliver Marach, Austrian tennis player
(Robert) Oliver Reed, English actor
Oliver Phelps, American war hero
Oliver James Platt, American actor
Oliver Graham Chris, English actor
(Oliver) Burgess Meredith, American actor
Oliver Lodge, English physicist and writer
Jamie Oliver, English celebrity chef
Oliver "Olly" Murs, English musician
Oliver Rutledge Hudson, American actor, son of actress Goldie Hawn and brother of Kate Hudson
Wyatt Oliver Olsen, son of actor Eric Christian Olsen
Oliver Martyn John Phelps, English actor, twin brother to actor James Phelps
Oliver Jackson-Cohen, English actor
Oliver Coleman, English Actor
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, writer, and lead singer for the band Years & Years

Pop Culture References for the Name Oliver

"Oliver Twist," novel by Charles Dickens and its main character
Oliver, cat from Disney's "Oliver & Company"
Oliver Barrett IV, character in book/movie "Love Story"
Cousin Oliver Tyler, character on TV's "The Brady Bunch"
Oliver Welles, character on TV's "Slings and Arrows"
Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow, DC Comics superhero
Oliver Wendell Douglas, main character on TV's Green Acres"
Dr. Oliver Threadson, character from season 2 of TV's "American Horror Story"
Oliver Oken, character on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Oliver Wood, character in the Harry Potter series
Oliver Trask, character on TV's "The OC"
Oliver, character in Shakespeare's As You Like It
Oliver's Army, song by Elvis Costello
Oliver Deacon, character from video game 'Ace Attorney'

Noll, Ollie, Olliver, Ollyver, Olyver

Oliver's International Variations

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