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navyeyelasH Fri 08-Aug-08 20:54:36

Heyeveryone, I dabble in a bit of card making and one of my mindee's (I'm a nanny) is having a naming ceremony. So I will be making a card, I was thinking it had to have Mindees name "oliver" on it and also it's meaning. Every website has told me the name means Olive Tree basically!

Do any of you lovely parents know the descriptive version of events behind this name?

I can't put on one side "oliver" then the other, "from olive tree" now can I! Any help much appreciated, my brain has gone to sleep sad.

navyeyelasH Fri 08-Aug-08 21:19:01

bump!

saggyhairyarse Fri 08-Aug-08 22:30:01

Any good:

From the French name, Olivier, recorded as the name of one of Charlemagne's 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', 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 Oleifr 'ancestral relic'. It has remained in more or less continuous use since the medieval period, becoming increasingly popular since the 1980's. Famous bearers include Oliver Cromwell (politician), Oliver Bierhoff (footballer) and Oliver Twist (fictitious character in novel of the same name).

http://www.babynames.co.uk/meaningorigin_nameOliver.htm

navyeyelasH Sat 09-Aug-08 23:46:50

Hey thanks SHA, was helpful but not ideal - just made up a poem in the end as the tag is quite small and attaches to a 3D card. Also tracked down a book called "Oliver:Who Was Small But Mighty", which is pretty cool and also got complete works of wind in the willows from Amazon.

Thanks v much for your help x

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