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Family name
Related names Oliver; Olivier
Clan affiliations Fraser

The surname Oliver is of several different origins.


The surname Oliver is derived from the Old French personal name Olivier. It arrived in Ireland in the 1300s. This Old French name was introduced to Ireland by the Normans. Translated into irish it is Mac Oilibhéar. During the Middle Ages, it was a popular name throughout Europe. It was borne by one of Charlemagne's paladins, and friend of Roland.[1] Ostensibly, the name is said to derive from the Latin olivarius, meaning "olive tree".[2] However, all of Charlemagne's paladins bore Germanic names;[2] and the Latin derivation of the name may be a result of folk etymology working on an unidentified Germanic personal name, possibly a cognate of Alvaro;[1] or possibly distantly connected with the Old Norse Óleifr, meaning "ancestral relic".[2]

The Catalan and (Occitan) French surname is topographic name. It is derived from oliver, meaning "olive tree". It may also be related to the homonymous name listed above.[1]


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See also


  1. ^ a b c "Oliver" in A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192800507
  2. ^ a b c Hanks, Patrick; Hodges, Flavia (2006). Hardcastle, Kate. ed. Oxford Dictionary of Names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 210. ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1. 


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Oliver Twist is an 1838 novel by Charles Dickens, probably one of the best-known of all his works.

  • 'Please, sir, I want some more.'
    • Chapter 2, "Treats Of Oliver Twist's Growth, Education, And Board", said by Oliver Twist
  • Oliver Twist has asked for more!
    • Chapter 2.
  • 'Come,' said Mr. Bumble, somewhat less pompously, for it was gratifying to his feelings to observe the effect his eloquence had produced; 'Come, Oliver! Wipe your eyes with the cuffs of your jacket, and don't cry into your gruel; that's a very foolish action, Oliver.'
    • Chapter 3, "Relates How Oliver Twist Was Very Near Getting A Place Which Would Not Have Been A Sinecure"
  • 'Let him alone!' said Noah. 'Why everybody lets him alone enough, for the matter of that. Neither his father nor his mother will ever interfere with him. All his relations let him have his own way pretty well. Eh, Charlotte? He! he! he!'
    • Chapter 5, "Oliver Mingles With New Associates. Going To A Funeral For The First Time, He Forms An Unfavourable Notion Of His Master's Business"
  • 'A regular right-down bad 'un, Work'us,' replied Noah, coolly. 'And it's a great deal better, Work'us, that she died when she did, or else she'd have been hard labouring in Bridewell, or transported, or hung; which is more likely than either, isn't it?'
    • Chapter 6, "Oliver, Being Goaded By The Taunts Of Noah, Rouses Into Action, And Rather Astonishes Him"
  • Noah writhed and twisted his body into an extensive variety of eel-like positions; thereby giving Mr. Bumble to understand that, from the violent and sanguinary onset of Oliver Twist, he had sustained severe internal injury and damage, from which he was at that moment suffering the acutest torture.
    • Chapter 7, "Oliver Continues Refractory"
  • 'I am very hungry and tired,' replied Oliver: the tears standing in his eyes as he spoke. 'I have walked a long way. I have been walking these seven days.'
    • Chapter 8, "Oliver Walks To London. He Encounters On The Road A Strange Sort Of Young Gentleman"
  • 'What's that?' said the Jew. 'What do you watch me for? Why are you awake? What have you seen? Speak out, boy! Quick--quick! for your life.
    • Chapter 9, "Containing Further Particulars Concerning The Pleasant Old Gentleman, And His Hopeful Pupils"
  • Although Oliver had been brought up by philosophers, he was not theoretically acquainted with the beautiful axiom that self-preservation is the first law of nature.
    • Chapter 10, "Oliver Becomes Better Acquainted With The Characters Of His New Associates; And Purchases Experience At A High Price. Being A Short, But Very Important Chapter, In This History"
  • There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.
    • Chapter 10.
  • I only know two sorts of boys. Mealy boys, and beef-faced boys.
    • Chapter 10.
  • By what, or by whom, nobody knows, for the clerk and jailor coughed very loud, just at the right moment; and the former dropped a heavy book upon the floor, thus preventing the word from being heard--accidently, of course.
    • Chapter 11.
  • 'Fair, or not fair,' retorted Sikes, 'hand over, I tell you! Do you think Nancy and me has got nothing else to do with our precious time but to spend it in scouting arter, and kidnapping, every young boy as gets grabbed through you? Give it here, you avaricious old skeleton, give it here!'
    • Chapter 16, "Relates What Became Of Oliver Twist, After He Had Been Claimed By Nancy"
  • But death, fires, and burglary, make all men equals...
    • Ch. 28
  • "It opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper," said Mr. Bumble. "So cry away."
    • Ch. 37
  • Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.
    • Ch. 37
  • "If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass — a idiot. If that's the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is, that his eye may be opened by experience — by experience."
    • Chapter 51.

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Oliver is in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.


Make sure to visit some of the many world class wineries while in Oliver. Oliver is home to the Golden Mile, and some of the valley's best grapes are grown here.

Across the valley from the Golden Mile is the Black Sage bench, which is home to some of the valley's most acclaimed wineries. It has become known for its eastern position, heat, and long summer sun exposure, allowing for the production of high-quality red wines. Not all wineries in the area focus on "big red" wines, however. The Black Sage region of the South Okanagan is ultimately a worthwhile area to tour during a stay in Oliver.

Stoneboat Vineyards- 7148 Orchard Grove Lane, Oliver BC (turn left onto Rd 9 from Hwy 97, turn left again at Orchard Grove Lane), 250 498-2226 [1] Stoneboat Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate winery that focuses on premium Pinot varietals as well as Pinotage, a robust red varietal that is relatively unique in Canada. The Martiniuk family has been growing grapes in the Okanagan for over 20 years.

Come to the okanagan, bring your tent, find a lake and relax.

Routes through Oliver
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See also oliver




Old French Olivier, by folk etymology shaped to look like Late Latin olivarius (olive tree), but probably representing a West Germanic form of Old Norse Óleifr (ancestral + relic) (modern Olaf and Olof), or Proto-Germanic *all + wer (all + true) (modern Alvar, Álvaro).

Proper noun




  1. A paladin of Charlemagne in medieval French romance.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A patronymic surname.

Derived terms

Related terms




Oliver (comparative more Oliver, superlative most Oliver)


more Oliver

most Oliver

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) Drunk, pissed.



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Proper noun

Oliver m.

  1. A male given name, cognate to Oliver.


Proper noun


  1. A male given name.


Proper noun


  1. A male given name


Proper noun


  1. A male given name.


Proper noun


  1. A male given name.

Old French

Proper noun


  1. A male given name, cognate to English Oliver.


Proper noun


  1. A male given name


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(7.IX.1883 - 16.V.1957)

Australian-born New Zealand naturalist, ornithologist and museum curator.

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