[ 3 syll. o-li-ver, ol-iv-er ] The baby boy name Oliver is pronounced as AAL-ah-VahR (English) or AO-Liy-VehR (German) †. Oliver is largely used in the English and German languages. It is derived from Germanic origins. The meaning of the name is elf warrior; olive tree. Alfheri (Germanic) and Olivier (Old French) are old forms of Oliver. The name is possibly derived via Norman from the Old German 'alfihar', itself from the elements 'alf' (meaning elf, supernatural being) and 'heri' (army, warrior) and thus meaning 'elf warrior'; the spelling of the name could have been influenced by the Latin 'olivarius'. It was first borne as the French form Olivier by one of the knight companions of Roland in the medieval French poem 'La Chanson de Roland' or 'The Song of Roland'. The other paladins in the poem clearly bear Germanic names; therefore the name Olivier could also have evolved from a Germanic name, possibly from the Scandinavian Olaf.
Oliver is a widely used name; it has 34 variant transcriptions that are used in English and other languages. Variation transcriptions of Oliver used in English include Oilibhéar, Olaver, Olivar, Oliveer, Oliverio, Oliverios, Oliveros, Olivio, Olivor, Olley, Olli, Olliver, Ollivor, Olly, Ollyver, Oluvor, Olvan, Olven, Olvin, Olyvar, and Olyver. Other English variants include the contractions Ol and Oli, and the familiar forms Noll, Nollie, and Ollie.
Foreign variant transcriptions include Havelock (Welsh), Oilbhreis (Scottish), Oilbhries (Gaelic), Olghar (Gaelic and Scottish), Olivero (Italian and Spanish), Olivier (French), Oliviero (Italian and Spanish), and Oliwa (Hawaiian).
See also the related form, Olivia (English, German, and Italian).
Oliver is popular as a baby boy name, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1960s. At the recent peak of its usage in 2012, 0.292% of baby boys were given the name Oliver. It was #73 in rank then. Out of all boy names in its family, Oliver was the most regularly used in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Oliver include Olafur, Olliver, Albaro, Albero, Alvara, Alvareo, Alvaro, Alvarro, Alvero, Alavaro, Alavero, Alvario, Alverio, Ullivieri, Oliverio, Albar, Albert, Alfre, Alfrey, and Alvar.
† Pronunciation for Oliver: AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; V as in "vow (V.AW)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)"
Details of famous persons named Oliver:
Comedians Oliver Hardy, Ulverston, England and Harlem, Georgia.
Filmmaker Oliver Stone, born 15 September 1946, New York, New York.
Jurist Oliver Wendell (Jr) Holmes, born 8 March 1841 - 6 March 1935, Boston, Massachusetts.
Physician Oliver Wendell Sr. Holmes, born 29 August 1809 - 7 October 1894, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Politician Oliver Cromwell, born 25 April 1599 - 3 September 1658, Huntingdon, England.
Sailor Oliver Hazard Perry, born 23 August 1785 - 23 August 1819, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.