Oliver, meaning “elf army” or “ornery,” is a great male dog name for dogs who are eager to please. Find out more about dogs named Oliver.


Name: Oliver

Meaning: “Elf army,” “ornery”

Personality: Eager to please

About This Name: Singer Rihanna loves to pamper her maltese/poodle mix, Oliver. Actress Nicolette Sheridan shares her home with an affection-loving Golden Retriever with this name. People who have the name include actor Oliver Hudson (Nashville, Rules of Engagement), political commentator Oliver North and film director Oliver Stone.

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