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From a French name, Olivier, recorded as the name of one of Charlemagne's paladins (retainers), the close companion in arms of Roland in the Chanson de Roland. Whereas Roland is headstrong and rash, Oliver is thoughtful and cautious. Ostensibly this name derives from Late Latin olivarius ‘olive tree’ (compare Olive), but Charlemagne's other paladins all bear solidly Germanic names, so it is more probably an altered form of a Germanic name, perhaps distantly connected with Old Norse Óleifr ‘ancestral relic’. It has remained in more or less continuous use since the medieval period, becoming ever more popular since the 1980s.
854th in the U.S.

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Tens of Thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
56,396
to be exact
76,610
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
Louisiana
has the most people named Oliver per capita
2010
marked the height of its popularity
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24%
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30-54
10%
13-29
52%
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