Oliver

Oliver is a male given name that has two possible origins. The first is that it could be from Germanic Alfhar from Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army” from Old Norse elements alfr (elf) and arr (warrior, army); or it’s derived from another Old Norse name, Áleifr, meaning “ancestor’s descendant” from Old Norse anu (ancestor) and leifr (descendant). Oliver is also a surname originating from the given name.

Nicknames: Olly/Ollie

Origin: Old Norse

Variants:

  • Olivier (Dutch, French)
  • Olivér (Hungarian)
  • Oliviero (Italian)
  • Oliwier (Polish)

 

Female forms:

  • Olivera (Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian)
  • Olivette (English)
  • Olivia (English, Spanish, Italian, German, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)

 

Olivia

Olivia is a female given name first used by Shakespeare for a character in his play Twelfth Night (1602). He could have based it from Latin Oliva meaning “olive” or he could have based as a feminine form of Oliver, which either derives from Germanic name Alfher from Old Norse Alvar meaning “elf warrior” or “elf army”; or it could be from Old Norse Olaf meaning “ancestor’s descendant”.

Origin: Latin, Old Norse

Variants:

  • Olyvia (English)
  • Alivia (English)
  • Olivie (French, Czech)
  • Olívia (Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovak)
  • Oliwia (Polish)
  • Ólivía (Icelandic)
  • Oliva (Latin)

 

Male forms:

  • Oliver

Harry

Harry is a medieval form of Henry which comes from Germanic given name Heimirich meaning “home ruler” from Germanic heim (home) and ric (power, ruler).

Harry could also be a short form for Harold, a modern form of Old English Hereweald meaning “army leader” or “army ruler” from Old English here (army) and weald (ruler, leader, power) which ultimately comes from Ancient Germanic.

As well as being a given name, Harry is also a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Ancient Germanic

Variants:

  • Henry (English)
  • Harold (English)
  • Hank
  • Hal

 

Harold

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: Harold is a modern form of Old English Hereweald meaning “army leader” or “army ruler” from Old English here (army) and weald (leader, ruler, power) which ultimately come from Ancient Germanic elements hari (army) and wald (leader, ruler, power).

As well as being a given name, Harold is also a surname derived from the same source.

Nicknames include: Harry or Hal.

Variants:

  • Hereweald (Old English)
  • Haraldr (Ancient Scandinavian)
  • Harald (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German)
  • Haraldur (Icelandic)
  • Chariovalda (Ancient Germanic)
  • Hariwald (Ancient Germanic)
  • Aroldo (Italian)
  • Haroldo (Portuguese, Spanish)