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Oliver

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How popular is the baby name Oliver in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 234 0 234 #69 boy name
1881 238 0 238 #67 boy name
1882 244 0 244 #71 boy name
1883 219 0 219 #72 boy name
1884 245 0 245 #74 boy name
1885 258 0 258 #72 boy name
1886 230 0 230 #75 boy name
1887 203 0 203 #80 boy name
1888 206 0 206 #88 boy name
1889 210 0 210 #83 boy name
1890 218 0 218 #81 boy name
1891 212 0 212 #78 boy name
1892 238 0 238 #84 boy name
1893 214 0 214 #85 boy name
1894 222 0 222 #88 boy name
1895 216 0 216 #88 boy name
1896 194 0 194 #98 boy name
1897 174 0 174
1898 186 0 186
1899 161 0 161
1900 256 0 256 #95 boy name
1901 187 0 187 #92 boy name
1902 181 0 181
1903 210 0 210 #93 boy name
1904 200 0 200
1905 220 9 211
1906 183 0 183
1907 207 0 207
1908 207 0 207
1909 246 0 246
1910 307 0 307
1911 338 5 333
1912 652 7 645
1913 645 0 645
1914 873 12 861
1915 1,140 9 1,131
1916 1,118 15 1,103
1917 1,185 10 1,175
1918 1,258 10 1,248
1919 1,220 11 1,209
1920 1,175 11 1,164
1921 1,203 10 1,193
1922 1,226 10 1,216
1923 1,230 10 1,220
1924 1,184 11 1,173
1925 1,061 13 1,048
1926 1,071 5 1,066
1927 1,014 12 1,002
1928 941 8 933
1929 895 11 884
1930 860 9 851
1931 785 6 779
1932 745 6 739
1933 594 0 594
1934 743 9 734
1935 658 9 649
1936 589 0 589
1937 615 6 609
1938 568 0 568
1939 603 6 597
1940 589 7 582
1941 600 0 600
1942 616 5 611
1943 684 15 669
1944 572 7 565
1945 564 5 559
1946 623 6 617
1947 631 5 626
1948 640 11 629
1949 604 6 598
1950 556 0 556
1951 550 0 550
1952 567 11 556
1953 530 8 522
1954 534 0 534
1955 508 0 508
1956 489 5 484
1957 453 0 453
1958 454 0 454
1959 377 8 369
1960 372 0 372
1961 347 0 347
1962 314 0 314
1963 359 0 359
1964 368 0 368
1965 302 0 302
1966 343 5 338
1967 290 0 290
1968 332 7 325
1969 334 7 327
1970 368 0 368
1971 424 6 418
1972 372 5 367
1973 383 7 376
1974 347 0 347
1975 356 0 356
1976 342 5 337
1977 347 7 340
1978 428 8 420
1979 407 0 407
1980 400 6 394
1981 409 6 403
1982 452 0 452
1983 433 0 433
1984 401 7 394
1985 370 0 370
1986 345 6 339
1987 464 6 458
1988 438 0 438
1989 458 0 458
1990 625 0 625
1991 580 0 580
1992 662 0 662
1993 670 5 665
1994 643 0 643
1995 595 0 595
1996 606 0 606
1997 668 0 668
1998 739 5 734
1999 782 0 782
2000 977 0 977
2001 978 0 978
2002 1,170 5 1,165
2003 1,378 5 1,373
2004 1,493 5 1,488
2005 1,792 0 1,792
2006 2,349 0 2,349
2007 2,914 7 2,907
2008 3,611 11 3,600
2009 4,292 7 4,285 #98 boy name
2010 4,668 6 4,662 #88 boy name
2011 5,415 9 5,406 #78 boy name
2012 5,922 9 5,913 #73 boy name
2013 7,266 12 7,254 #52 boy name
2014 9,424 13 9,411 #32 boy name
2015 11,612 20 11,592 #19 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Oliver

  • How many people with the first name Oliver have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 127,192 babies born with the first name Oliver in the United States. That's more than enough people named Oliver to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Oliver? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 234 new born babies.
  • When was Oliver first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Oliver is Monday, August 28th, 1826.
  • What year had the most people named Oliver born? The highest recorded use of the first name Oliver was in 2015 with a total of 11,592 babies. That's a lot of babies named Oliver!
  • Random Oliver Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Oliver ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 56 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Oliver: Your name in reverse order is Revilo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Olevri. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Oliver? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 115,900 people with the last name Oliver.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Oliver? Oliver was ranked as the 264th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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Popularity of Oliver as a first name

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Popularity of Oliver as a last name

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Common last names for Oliver

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Holmes
  • Olson
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Oliver U.S.
  White 64.19% 64.26%
  African American 27.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.52% 16.26%

Of Last Name Oliver

People with the last name Oliver are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Oliver" mean? The list below shows the origins of Oliver as well as things modernly associated with the name Oliver such as celebrities named Oliver.

English

Origin and Meaning of Oliver

The name "Oliver" is of English origin, and it means "Elf army". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ol"i*ver
Senses
  1. Etymology: OF. oliviere

    An olive grove.(Obs)
  2. Etymology: F. olivier

    An olive tree.(Obs)
noun Ol"i*ver
A small tilt hammer, worked by the foot.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States jazz musician who influenced the style of Louis Armstrong (1885-1938)

Old French Olivier, by folk etymology derived from the Latin name Oliverius, but probably representing a Old High German form of Old Norse Óleifr (“ancestral + relic”) (modern Danish Olaf and Swedish Olof), or Proto-Germanic *ala- (“all”) + *wēraz (“true”) (modern Swedish Alvar, Spanish Álvaro). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. A town in British Columbia, Canada.
  4. A ghost town in California.
  5. A city in city in Screven County, Georgia.
  6. A census-designated place in Pennsylvania.
  7. A village in Wisconsin.
  8. (dated, slang) The Moon.

Oliver was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Old French, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, and Swedish

Oliver Hudson

Oliver Hudson is an actor and model with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Oliver was born in 1976 as Oliver Rutledge Hudson in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is a film director, screenwriter, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1971 to present. Oliver was born in 1946 as William Oliver Stone in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks is a medical person. Oliver was born in 1933 as Oliver Wolf Sacks in London, England, United Kingdom.

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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver was born in 1809.

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Oliver Perez

Oliver Perez is a MLB player. Oliver was born in 1981 in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Olly Murs

Olly Murs is a singer-songwriter and presenter specializing in pop and R&B music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Olly was born in 1984 as Oliver Stanley Murs in Witham, Essex, England.

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Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn is a football biography. Oliver was born in 1969 in Karlsruhe, West Germany.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Oliver

Oliver Cromwell
Oliver North
Oliver Peoples
Oliver Queen
Oliver Wyman
Oliver Twist

Notable Persons With the Last Name Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is a chef . Jamie was born in 1975 as James Trevor Oliver in Clavering, Essex, England, UK.

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Barret Oliver

Barret Oliver is a former child actor and photographer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1981 to 1989. Barret was born in 1973 as Barret Spencer Oliver in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Montserrat Olivier

Montserrat Olivier is a fashion model, business entrepreneur, actress, and talk-show host.. Montserrat was born in 1966 as Montserrat Oliver in 25px Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

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What does the name Oliver mean?

Ois for optimistic, look at the bright side!

Lis for love, your love of life!

Iis for inspire, others seek your guidance.

Vis for valiant, the way you approach life!

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

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