OLIVER
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Оливер (Serbian, Macedonian)
PRONOUNCED: AHL-ə-vər (English), AW-lee-ver (German)   [key]
Meaning & History
From Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as ALFHER or an Old Norse name such as Áleifr (see OLAF). The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". In the Middle Ages the name became well-known in Western Europe because of the French epic 'La Chanson de Roland', in which Olivier was a friend and advisor of the hero Roland.

In England Oliver was a common medieval name, however it became rare after the 17th century because of the military commander Oliver Cromwell, who ruled the country following the civil war. The name was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to the title character in Charles Dickens' novel 'Oliver Twist' (1838), which was about a poor orphan living on the streets of London.

Related Names
VARIANTS: Olof, Olov (Swedish), Olaf, Olav (Norwegian), Olaf, Olav, Oluf (Danish), Olavi, Uolevi (Finnish)
DIMINUTIVES: Oli, Ollie (English)
FEMININE FORMS: Alivia, Olivia, Olyvia (English), Olivia (German), Olivia (Swedish), Olivia (Norwegian), Olivia (Danish), Olivia (Finnish), Olivera (Serbian), Olivera (Croatian), Olivera (Macedonian), Olivie (Czech), Olívia (Slovak)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Alfher (Ancient Germanic), Áleifr, Alfarr (Ancient Scandinavian), Olivier, Olaf (Dutch), Olivier (French), Olivér (Hungarian), Ólafur (Icelandic), Amhlaoibh (Irish), Oliviero (Italian), Noll (Medieval English), Olivier (Medieval French), Oliwier, Olaf (Polish), Álvaro, Olavo (Portuguese), Amhlaidh, Aulay (Scottish), Álvaro (Spanish)
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