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Oliver is a Baby Boy Name

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Brought to England by the Normans, the name Oliver has origins in the French name Olivier and dates back to the time of Charlemagne. Oliver has peaceful associations, thought to be derived from the Latin olivarius meaning “olive tree” but sometimes attributed to Olaf, or the Old Norse name Oleifr. Famous Olivers from literature include Oliver Twist from the Charles Dickens’ novel of the same name, and a character in the Shakespeare play As You Like It.

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