Oliver Name Meaning

Oliver burst onto the top ten of the U.S. baby name charts with his stylish feel and friendly nature in 2017. The U.S. was late to the party, as the name was already roaring in popularity across the pond in the UK as well as down under in Australia.

Derived from “oliva” meaning “olive tree” in Latin as well as being an English surname, Oliver checks off several key boxes that make a successful name. He fits in with the surname style trend that’s been brewing for several years including Parker, Cooper, and Carter. He also has quite the precious nickname in Ollie. Best of all, he starts with a vowel, a contemporary cool factor seen in Owen, Aiden, and Elijah.

Oliver has a distinctly British feel in the States, similar to Benedict, Callum, and Harry. Such names feel effortlessly posh and handsome, leading their own low-key British Invasion like the Beatles in the 1960s. Literature lovers may recognize the name from character Oliver Wood in “Harry Potter” or “Oliver Twist,” a novel by Charles Dickens. He’s the quintessential little boy name, stirring up thoughts of tree forts and frog catching.

The name has many variants from the French Olivier to the Italian Olivero. He also has female versions in Olivia, Olivera, and Olive.

Infographic of Oliver name meaning, which is Derived from oliva meaning olive tree in Latin as well as an English surname, Oliver is a male name.
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Oliver Name Popularity

How popular is the name Oliver? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Oliver was the 5th most popular boys name, representing 0.9745% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Oliver has been the 202nd most popular boys name, representing 0.1045% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 102 279 0.0792%
1911 109 306 0.0822%
1912 116 612 0.1214%
1913 124 608 0.1072%
1914 122 835 0.1198%
1915 120 1,107 0.1218%
1916 128 1,074 0.1112%
1917 126 1,157 0.1156%
1918 130 1,232 0.1148%
1919 128 1,185 0.1132%
1920 135 1,143 0.1028%
1921 133 1,179 0.103%
1922 134 1,189 0.1067%
1923 136 1,200 0.1071%
1924 142 1,137 0.0979%
1925 151 1,024 0.0906%
1926 150 1,034 0.094%
1927 157 966 0.0873%
1928 161 907 0.0848%
1929 162 851 0.0822%
1930 168 826 0.0791%
1931 176 748 0.0758%
1932 182 707 0.0716%
1933 200 552 0.0592%
1934 181 706 0.073%
1935 198 606 0.0624%
1936 208 547 0.0568%
1937 206 555 0.0563%
1938 217 531 0.0519%
1939 209 556 0.0547%
1940 218 542 0.051%
1941 218 562 0.0499%
1942 230 579 0.0459%
1943 224 611 0.0468%
1944 241 529 0.0427%
1945 237 530 0.0435%
1946 254 570 0.0386%
1947 275 574 0.0344%
1948 262 588 0.0368%
1949 280 550 0.0342%
1950 284 518 0.0322%
1951 294 511 0.0301%
1952 304 512 0.0293%
1953 311 496 0.028%
1954 310 493 0.027%
1955 328 463 0.0252%
1956 341 437 0.0231%
1957 359 410 0.0213%
1958 362 420 0.0222%
1959 406 337 0.0177%
1960 414 327 0.0173%
1961 422 312 0.0165%
1962 439 283 0.0154%
1963 419 325 0.0181%
1964 419 329 0.0187%
1965 455 249 0.0152%
1966 401 310 0.0199%
1967 446 244 0.0161%
1968 427 278 0.0185%
1969 440 281 0.0182%
1970 430 314 0.0197%
1971 398 367 0.0244%
1972 421 316 0.0232%
1973 397 343 0.0265%
1974 424 300 0.0231%
1975 426 294 0.0229%
1976 428 288 0.0223%
1977 427 302 0.0224%
1978 363 402 0.0299%
1979 398 362 0.0257%
1980 420 340 0.0233%
1981 416 355 0.0242%
1982 380 412 0.0276%
1983 391 390 0.0264%
1984 421 343 0.0231%
1985 453 316 0.0208%
1986 488 277 0.0184%
1987 406 415 0.0272%
1988 433 391 0.0251%
1989 438 419 0.026%
1990 379 578 0.0349%
1991 405 522 0.032%
1992 361 618 0.0387%
1993 358 623 0.04%
1994 368 607 0.0396%
1995 396 547 0.0363%
1996 390 562 0.0375%
1997 368 632 0.0427%
1998 356 704 0.047%
1999 344 740 0.0494%
2000 306 944 0.0618%
2001 300 952 0.0632%
2002 270 1,136 0.0758%
2003 243 1,356 0.0891%
2004 229 1,462 0.0959%
2005 209 1,779 0.1164%
2006 173 2,341 0.1495%
2007 139 2,907 0.1842%
2008 118 3,597 0.2327%
2009 98 4,282 0.2865%
2010 88 4,663 0.3236%
2011 78 5,410 0.3797%
2012 73 5,917 0.4152%
2013 52 7,262 0.5101%
2014 33 9,428 0.6471%
2015 19 11,649 0.8006%
2016 12 13,025 0.9034%
2017 9 13,141 0.9416%
2018 5 13,389 0.9745%

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Names Like Oliver

If you like Oliver, you’ll love these other names like Oliver.


What names are diminutives of Oliver?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Oliver sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Oliver, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Noll

Olive tree

Latin

Oli
Olley

Olive tree

Latin

Ollie

Olive tree

Latin

#1,223 (0.0058%)  

What names are variants of Oliver?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Oliver.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Oliverio

Olive tree

Latin

Olivero

Olive tree

Latin

Olivier

Olive tree

Latin

#1,476 (0.0035%)  
Oliviero

Olive tree

Latin

Olivio

Olive tree

Latin

Olivor

Olive tree

Latin

Olliver

Olive tree

Latin

Ollivor

Olive tree

Latin


What names sound like Oliver?

If you like how Oliver sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Oliver.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Olaf

Ancestor's relic

Scandinavian

Olavi
Oleg

Holy

Russian

Olin

English

#1,519 (0.0032%)  
Olson

Son of Olaf

Scandinavian

Oscar

Friend of deer

Gaelic

#205 (0.1402%)  
Otto

Wealth

German

#426 (0.0491%)  

What names are similar to Oliver?

Find a name that’s like Oliver, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

#6 (0.974%)  
Brendan

Prince

Irish

#555 (0.0322%)  
Felix

Happy and lucky

Latin

#226 (0.1186%)  
Henry

Home ruler

English

#16 (0.7751%)  
Jasper

Treasurer

English

#154 (0.1799%)  
Leland

Plowed land

English

#409 (0.0526%)  
Levi

Joined together

Hebrew

#33 (0.6143%)  
Ronan

Little seal

Irish

#292 (0.0844%)  
Thomas

Twin

Greek

#49 (0.4934%)  
William

A willing protector

German

#3 (1.0566%)  

Lists With Oliver

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Oliver.


Siblings of Oliver

Mamas with kids named Oliver also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Frances

From France

Latin

#422 (0.0502%)  
Clover

“She who clings lovingly.” From a Germanic base meaning “to adhere.” An allusion to the adhesive property of clover sap.

English

#1,189 (0.0084%)  
Lilly

Lily flower

English

#157 (0.1272%)  
Ollie

Olive tree

Latin

#1,223 (0.0058%)  
Jessica

To see

English

#302 (0.075%)  
Amara

Everlasting one

Greek

#186 (0.1127%)  
Daniella

God is my Judge

Italian

#355 (0.0584%)  
Callista

Cup; fairest, most beautiful

Latin

#3,069 (0.0004%)  

22 Comments

  1. His older brother’s name is charles, so I wanted a name that went along with it. I also love classic names. I searched tons of baby name lists, and when I saw Oliver it just stuck.
    For his middle name, Loki, we wanted to stick with the nordic god theme since His older brothers middle name is Odin

  2. My boyfriend wanted a superhero, and that’s the only one we both liked and the only name we could agree on.

  3. We needed an uncommon 3 syllable name for a boy that was short (Daniella complained about her name being hard to learn to spell when she was in preschool, so we took this into consideration).

  4. We chose the name oliver because it’s cute and not a name you see every day. Plus ollie as a nickname is cute. We chose ryan because it just flowed with the first middle and last.

  5. I chose Oliver for my son’s name because I’ve always loved the name but also because my
    favorite Disney movie growing up was Oliver and company

  6. I was going to name him Wade but when he came he did not look a Wade. Oliver is more fitting and in the old world it means prosperous.

  7. It was my Grandpa’s name.
    I was sad it has become so popular since we chose it in 2011 with our last baby (who ended up being a girl, so we used the girl name we had chosen)

  8. I love it!

  9. We wanted a name that people have heard of before but wasn’t very common. My husband wasn’t set on it at first but he loved the nickname Ollie. I told him we weren’t naming our kid Ollie cause one day he’ll grow up and need a more sophisticated name. So his name is Oliver but we call him Ollie.

  10. His late grandfather’s middle name was Olie (pronounced OH-lee) and I fell in love with that, but I found out he hated his middle name. So we settled on Oliver and it fits him. His middle name is Matthew, after his late uncle (he passed very early in my pregnancy). We get a lot of compliments on how smoothly his name flows.

  11. Oliver is my third boy! DS1 is Benjamin, DS2 is Rowen- shortly after finding out we were expecting again, I knew if he was a he, he’d have to have a name starting with an O!
    His middle name is Hudson & I’m honestly not sure how or where I came across it, but apparently Hudson was once a nickname for both Hugh and Richard. His middle name was originally going to be Hugh, after my grandfather! but my husband’s grandfather’s name is Richard… and so, when I found Hudson, it just kind of stuck!

  12. We wanted a vintage name. Boys names are hard for me, but we really like this one. We call him Ollie!

  13. It was my grandfather’s name, and the only boy name we had picked out for our last baby who ended up being a girl. Despite the rapid growth in popularity for the name over the last 8 years, we decided to keep it on the list for this last pregnancy. Since baby ended up being a boy.. Here we are. I’m a not disappointed it has become so popular, but love the name as much anyway.

  14. We just loved the name! And we call him Ollie. Its a very sweet name.

  15. Oliver was a name that popped up constantly around me out of all the names I had listed out that I liked. Oliver means “affectionate one” from the Nordic roots, which was perfect. My husband has Nordic roots and also he’s a red-head, which I feel Oliver is the perfect name for a (possibly) red-headed little boy!

  16. We didn’t know any Oliver’s and loved the name. We also thought the nickname Ollie was very cute. The only thing we didn’t think of was that Holly and Ollie sound very similar so now I can never tell if they said my name or my sons, though I quickly realized that everyone just wants my sons attention and not mine anymore. Haha. We still don’t regret anything about the name and it’s absolutely perfect for spunky little redheaded, blue eyed son.

  17. The only name my husband and I could agree on. It is such a cute name!

  18. Mary Oliver is my favorite poet so I always loved the name Olivia for a girl or Oliver for a boy. When we saw his face in the sonogram, Oliver just felt right. Plus, Mary Oliver’s poems are all about nature and appreciating the life around you and the life you’re given, so we named him Oliver in the hopes that he will carry on the respect of nature in his life.

  19. I have always loved Old English names! And it’s the only boy name my husband and I agreed upon this go around! We LOVE IT!

  20. We love that we can call him “Ollie” for a nickname!

  21. We didn’t know if baby was a boy or a girl. When I was in labor, my nurse referred to the baby as “little olive” before he was born. We had an entire list of boy names and girl names when we went to the hospital, but we ended up choosing Oliver after he arrived 🙂

  22. My husband and I narrowed it down to about 7 names and tried each out for a week. We referred to the baby by the name of the week whenever we spoke about him. We both like Oliver during it’s assigned week and then moved onto the next name but quickly circled back to Oliver without even finishing all of the names on our list. It just felt right for us.


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