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The Family Name Oliver

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Does anyone cool.gif have any background issue on the last name of Oliver. I need some character reference for my main character. It appears I don't have up to date email.



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Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: AHL-i-vur [key]

Norman French form of a Germanic name, possibly the name Alfihar meaning "elf army". The spelling was altered by association with Latin oliva "olive tree". In the medieval French epic 'La Chanson de Roland' Oliver is a friend of the hero Roland. This is also the name of the title character in Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist', which is about a poor orphan living on the streets of London. Another famous bearer was Oliver Cromwell, a British military commander of the 17th century who ruled the country after the civil war.

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