Oliver

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140k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Oliver

"Oliver" is a name 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)
Wiktionary

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

Notable Persons Named Oliver

Oliver Sipple is a military person.

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Oliver Cromwell was a farmer, parliamentarian, military commander, and member of parliament. Oliver was born on April 25th, 1599 in Huntingdon. He left this life on September 3rd, 1658.

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Oliver Stone is a film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1971. Oliver was given the name William Oliver Stone on September 15th, 1946 in New York City, U.S. Oliver is also known as William Oliver Stone.

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Oliver North is a fox news channel and united states senate. His military service ended in 1990.

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Oliver Hudson is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1999. Oliver was given the name Oliver Rutledge Hudson by his parents Bill Hudson (singer) and Goldie Hawn on September 7th, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Oliver Reed was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to 1999. Oliver was given the name Robert Oliver Reed on February 13th, 1938 in Wimbledon, Surrey, England. He breathed his last breath on May 2nd, 1999.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Oliver

Jamie Oliver is a chef. Jamie was given the name James Trevor Oliver on May 27th, 1975 in Clavering, Essex, England, UK.

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Barret Oliver is a former child actor and photographer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to 1981. Barret was given the name Barret Spencer Oliver on August 24th, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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John Oliver is a ribaldry, cringe comedy, news satire, observational comedy, political satire, sarcasm, and self-deprecation comedian. John was given the name John William Oliver on April 23rd, 1977 in Birmingham, England.

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Susan Oliver was an actress. She was most prominent from 1955 to 1988. Susan was given the name Charlotte Gercke on February 13th, 1932 in New York City, New York, U.S. She passed away on May 10th, 1990.

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Mary Oliver is a poet. Mary was born on September 10th, 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio.

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Bilal is a neo soul, contemporary r&b, funk, jazz, and hip hop music musician. He has been prominent since 1999. Bilal was given the name Bilal Sayeed Oliver on August 23rd, 1979.

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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 1,204 10 1,194
1922 1,225 10 1,215
1923 1,230 10 1,220
1924 1,183 11 1,172
1925 1,062 13 1,049
1926 1,070 5 1,065
1927 1,015 12 1,003
1928 940 8 932
1929 896 11 885
1930 860 9 851
1931 785 6 779
1932 745 6 739
1933 594 0 594
1934 743 9 734
1935 657 9 648
1936 590 0 590
1937 615 6 609
1938 568 0 568
1939 604 6 598
1940 589 7 582
1941 600 0 600
1942 617 5 612
1943 684 15 669
1944 572 7 565
1945 563 5 558
1946 625 6 619
1947 631 5 626
1948 641 11 630
1949 603 6 597
1950 555 0 555
1951 552 0 552
1952 566 11 555
1953 530 8 522
1954 534 0 534
1955 507 0 507
1956 488 5 483
1957 453 0 453
1958 454 0 454
1959 378 8 370
1960 371 0 371
1961 347 0 347
1962 315 0 315
1963 359 0 359
1964 367 0 367
1965 302 0 302
1966 342 5 337
1967 290 0 290
1968 331 7 324
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 466 6 460
1988 439 0 439
1989 458 0 458
1990 625 0 625
1991 581 0 581
1992 663 0 663
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 1,379 5 1,374
2004 1,493 5 1,488
2005 1,792 0 1,792
2006 2,350 0 2,350
2007 2,916 7 2,909
2008 3,611 11 3,600
2009 4,292 7 4,285 #98 boy name
2010 4,669 6 4,663 #88 boy name
2011 5,418 9 5,409 #78 boy name
2012 5,922 9 5,913 #73 boy name
2013 7,270 12 7,258 #52 boy name
2014 9,436 13 9,423 #32 boy name
2015 11,655 20 11,635 #19 boy name
2016 12,993 18 12,975 #12 boy name

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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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Fun Facts about the name Oliver

  • How Popular is the name Oliver? Oliver is the 498th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Oliver was the 12th most popular name. As a last name Oliver was the 264th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Oliver have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 140,256 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 2016 with a total of 12,975 babies. That's a lot of babies named Oliver!
  • Random Oliver Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Oliver ranks 85th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, 40 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1917.
  • 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 Liover. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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