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Oliver Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Welsh, and German: from the Old French personal name Olivier, which was taken to England by the Normans from France. It was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as having been borne by one of Charlemagne’s paladins, the faithful friend of Roland, about whose exploits there were many popular romances. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ (see Oliveira), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro. The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname. Catalan and southern French (Occitan): generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to the homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Olivero, Olive, Lier, Oliva, Olivera, Lever, Oliger, Oliviero, Plier

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Oliver Family Origin

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Oliver Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    4%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oliver. The most common Oliver occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Oliver's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Oliver family was Labourer.

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