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