What does Oliver mean?

Definitions for Oliver
ˈɒl ə vəroliv·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Oliver.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Oliver, Joseph Oliver, King Olivernoun

    United States jazz musician who influenced the style of Louis Armstrong (1885-1938)


  1. Oliveradjective

    Drunk, pissed.

  2. Olivernoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages.

  3. Olivernoun

    A patronymic surname.

  4. Olivernoun

    A town in British Columbia, Canada.

  5. Olivernoun

    An urban neighborhood of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

  6. Olivernoun

    A community in Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  7. Olivernoun

    A community in Essex County, Ontario, Canada.

  8. Olivernoun

    An unincorporated community in Scott County, Arkansas.

  9. Olivernoun

    A ghost town in Yuba County, California.

  10. Olivernoun

    A tiny city in Screven County, Georgia.

  11. Olivernoun

    An unincorporated community in Edgar County, Illinois.

  12. Olivernoun

    An unincorporated community in Whiteside County, Illinois.

  13. Olivernoun

    An unincorporated community in Posey County, Indiana.

  14. Olivernoun

    A neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

  15. Olivernoun

    An unincorporated community in Kimball County, Nebraska.

  16. Olivernoun

    A census-designated place in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

  17. Olivernoun

    A village in Douglas County, Wisconsin.

  18. Olivernoun

    The Moon.

    Now Oliver puts his blank nightcap on,¶ And every star its glim is hiding,¶ And forth to the heath is the scampsman gone,¶ His matchless cherry-black prancer riding;

  19. Etymology: Olivier, by folk etymology shaped to look like Late Latin olivarius, but probably representing a West form of Óleifr (modern Olaf and Olof), or ala- + wēraz (modern Alvar, Álvaro). Name of a paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.


  1. oliver

    Oliver is typically referred to as a male given name of Old Norse origin, meaning "ancestor's descendant". It has been a popular name in English speaking countries, especially after Charles Dickens' character - Oliver Twist. In other context, it can also be a surname which is of French origin. It can also refer to a number of different things, such as a hand tool used by blacksmiths, known as an Oliver Hammer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oliver

    ol′i-vėr, n. a forge-hammer worked by foot.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Oliver

    a favourite paladin of Charlemagne's, who, along with Roland, rode by his side, and whose name, along with Roland's, has passed into the phrase, a "Roland for an Oliver," meaning one good masterstroke for another, such as both these knights never failed to deliver.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. oliver

    A west-country term for a young eel.

Rap Dictionary

  1. olivernoun

    Neighborhood in Downtown Edmonton, pretty hard, just like most of Downtown

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  1. oliver

    Song lyrics by oliver -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by oliver on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Oliver is ranked #264 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Oliver surname appeared 115,900 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 39 would have the surname Oliver.

    64.1% or 74,396 total occurrences were White.
    27.4% or 31,815 total occurrences were Black.
    4.5% or 5,239 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 2,816 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 858 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 788 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Oliver' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4135

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Oliver' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3911

Anagrams for Oliver »

  1. virole

  2. violer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oliver in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Oliver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Oliver in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Thomson:

    We have no reason to drop the brand and are utterly committed and if we end up being the only Jamie Oliver restaurant in Britain we'll be incredibly proud of that, we hope there is a way through these dark days – we'll do anything we can to keep the light burning.

  2. Nobert Reithofer:

    With Oliver Zipse, a decisive strategic and analytical leader will assume the Chair of the Board of Management of BMW AG. He will provide the BMW Group with fresh momentum in shaping the mobility of the future.

  3. Mark Boughton:

    Yup. . It's official Danbury Sewer Plant is now the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. - Your move John Oliver. Bam !

  4. Fox News:

    The women that we portray in this exhibit, a lot of them had a kind of underground impact, they weren’t on the level [of] Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Kid Ory or King Oliver. They did influence a lot of people here and those people [left] to do jazz in other places [and] put their influence out there.

  5. Dan Patterson:

    Missouri protects the right to open carry a firearm, but that right does not allow an individual to act in a reckless and criminal manner, endangering other citizens, as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously explained,' The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man... falsely shouting fire in a theater, causing a panic.'.

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