Oliver, now the Number 1 name in England, Australia and New Zealand, only entered the list of Top 100 baby boy names in the U.S. for the first time in 2009, but has already jumped to Number 12. 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 also enjoying huge popularity throughout Scandinavia at the moment. More exotic foreign flair comes from the French Olivier, the Spanish Olivero and the Italian Oliviero.
Lists containing Oliver:
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- Saints' Names
- Boy Names Kids Consider Cool
- The O Names
- Yupster Baby Names for Boys
- Vintage Baby Names for Boys
- Baby Names That Mean Peace
- Stylish L Baby Names
- Big Apple Baby Names
- Disney Baby Names
- Pixar Baby Names
- Saints' Names For Boys
- Names from Harry Potter
- Baby Name Favorites Right Now
- Antique Baby Names Back in Style
- Favorite Names on Nameberry
- Fashionable Classic Baby Names
- English Names with International Style