Oliver, Isaac

Oliver, Isaac

Oliver or Olivier, Isaac, 1556?-1617, English miniature painter. Oliver was a worthy follower of Hilliard as miniature painter to Elizabeth's court. His work, more naturalistic than Hilliard's, is to be seen in the British and the Victoria and Albert museums, London, and in the Cleveland Museum. His son and pupil, Peter Oliver, c.1594-1648?, was also an important miniaturist. He painted numerous watercolor copies of old masters, most of which are now in Windsor Castle.
Oliver is a given name, also a surname, believed to derive from the Old French given name Olivier (though this may be a false etymology);"Alf" and "Ihar", meaning "Elf Army", or, as a Latin origin, the bearer of the olive branch; a corruption of a Germanic personal name, cognate with the Scandinavian name "Olaf" or "Ólafur," which carries the meaning of "ancestor," "forbear," or "talisman."

The French usage is Olivier and in Italy the name occurs as Oliviero. The female version of the name is Olivia.

The name's popularity during the Middle Ages was augmented by the fact that Olivier was the name of one of Charlemagne's paladins and a friend of the great warrior Roland. Ref

Oliver is often shortened to "Ollie", "Olliee", "Olivoo", "Olly", "Oli", "Oly", "Ol", "Ols", "Nol", "Iver" or "Odil". Olive too is an abbreviation, used to denote affection.

Also it is used in the book and film oliver twist by chales dickenson

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