I chose to name my son Oliver because I loved the name.
I also chose it because the bump told me that the meaning of Oliver is "elf army."
Nicholas was thrilled when I told him this because he plays World of Warcraft, a computer game that features many mythical creatures including elves.
I feel that the name perfectly fits. Besides the fact that my child just looks like he should be name Oliver, he alone could be an elf army. He has the appetite of an elf army. It sometimes seems like he is all over the place at once. He is a mischievous little boy. He looks like a miniature little man. I guess that would be more of a dwarf but in the story of the shoemaker and the elves, those elves were tiny. The words "dwarf" and "elf" are used interchangeably in some version of that story, though.
Oliver is a baby elf, plain and simple.
..upon doing further research I learned that the Latin meaning is actually "Olive Tree."
The Olive tree, specifically an olive tree branch, is a symbol of peace.
Not very descriptive of my child.
Oliver is also the name of one of Charlemagne's knights in the 11th century poem "Chanson de Roland." I guess this could help my case a little, although I doubt Charlemagne's Knight was an elf.
However, further research found that Oliver very well could be a form of the old German name "Alfihar" which is defined as "host of elves."
I am going with "elf army" as the definition of Oliver.
A bonus is that my great grandfather sailed to Ellis Island from Germany.
And on that note, today is Oliver-Alfihar-Elf Army's half birthday.
This crazy little elf is almost crawling and I'm equal parts terrified & thrilled.
But ready-or-not, my baby elf is growing fast and I'm am excited to someday teach him about his amazing & historic name.
Happy Half Birthday, Oliver Aiden!
You are very L O V E D.