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Oakley is a name with Old English origins. The meaning of Oakley is 'a meadow of oak trees', 'as sturdy as an oak tree' or 'with deep roots'. This is a name that has traditionally been used for boys, however, in recent years it has been used as a name for both genders. It is also a popular surname. A famous personality with this name is the American social-political activist and writer Oakley C. Johnson, who was a founding member of both the Communist Party of America and the Proletarian Party of America. Another famous personality is Oakley C. Curtis, who was an American politician and the 50th Governor of Maine. A famous female figure with the name was American sharpshooter Annie Oakley, who was born in Ohio in 1860 and was the inspiration behind the famous Broadway musical, 'Annie Get Your Gun'.

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Obedience is a word of English origin, and the meaning of Obedience is 'the act of obeying' or 'quality of being obedient'. It is derived from Middle English, via Old French, from the Latin oboedientia, from the verb oboedire, which means 'to listen to' or 'pay attention to'. Similar surnames which are used are Bedient, Bence, Patience, Bedinger, Dence, Oberbeck, and Oberdick. The name is more commonly found as a surname in the United States.

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Ode is a name of English origin and the meaning of Ode is 'born along a road' or 'a lyric poem'. The name ode originated from a Greek word that means 'song'. It is also derived from the Latin words ‘istunus’ and ‘iustus’. It is rarely used as a person’s name but has been used infrequently in western countries. Famous figures with the name include Ode Thompson, a Nigerian footballer who is currently playing for Eendracht Aalst.

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Odo is a name of English origin, and the meaning of Odo is 'rich' or 'wealthy'. The name originated from the Germanic word 'ot' which means 'possessor of wealth'. It is related to the names Otho and Otto, and to the French name Odon, as well as to the Italian names Ottone and Udo. Odo is highly associated with historical figures from the Middle Ages. Today, the name is more commonly found as a surname in Australia, United Kingdom, the United States, and other western countries. Famous figures with this name include Odo Hirsch, who wrote under the pen name David Kausman, an Australian author of children's books, and Odo Marquard, a German philosopher who was awarded The Sigmund Freud Prize for Scientific Prose in 1984.

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A name with English origins, the meaning of Ogden is 'from the oak valley'. It was traditionally a surname and a habitational name that was given to people that either lived near the town of Ogden, in West Yorkshire or resided in a village near oak trees. There is also a city named Ogden, which is in Utah, a state in the United States. It is taken from the Old English words ‘ac’ and ‘denu’, meaning 'oak' and 'valley'. One of the most famous figures with the name is the American poet Ogden Nash, who is known for his hilarious poems. 'The Tale of Custard the Dragon' and 'Line-Up for Yesterday' are some of his most notable works, however 'The Cow, The Duck and The Turtle' is his most beloved poem. He received many awards for his work, both as a poet and an author and though he wrote in the '30s and '40s, his poems continue to amuse readers today. He has been lauded as one of the greatest American humorists.

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The meaning of Oliver translates to ‘olive tree’ and this name has English origins. Oliver is derived from ‘olivarius’, a Latin word which means ‘olive tree planter’. The olive tree is seen as a symbol of peace and harmony. Charles Dickens popularized this name with his novel 'Oliver Twist'. Another origin of Oliver comes from the German word ‘aelfhaeri’ which is derived from ‘aelf’ meaning ‘elves’ and ‘haeri’ translating to ‘army’, thus combining to ‘army of elves’. German mythology has witnessed elves using with their magical powers to either help humans or place obstacles in their way. There is also a third origin of this name, which comes from ‘oleifr’, an Old Norsee word which means ‘the ancestor’s descendant’. Hollywood’s Oliver Reed, Oliver Phelps who played George Weasley in the 'Harry Potter' series, the inventor of the steam engine Oliver Evans and English poet Oliver W. F. Lodge are some of the notable Olivers.

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Olivia is the female version of 'Oliver' and has been around since the 13th century. In the Old Norse, Olivia comes from the Nordic name ‘Aleifr’, so the meaning of Olivia is ‘the kind one’. It also has Latin roots, as the Latin word for olive is 'oliva'. In the Bible, a dove flew down to Noah after the great floods calmed down, and handed him an olive leaf, which was meant to symbolise the forthcoming peace. Thus, the olive tree was considered as a symbol of peace and harmony, the name Olivia translates to 'peace' and 'of the olive tree'. In ancient Greece, the olive was the symbol of Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom. In the earlier years of the Olympic Games, the winners of the games were awarded with olive wreaths. Another famous Olivia can be found in Shakespeare's comedic Twelfth Night, written in the 16th century. In 2018, Olivia was the second most popular name for girls in the United States.

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The name Ollie is said to have a Latin origin, coming from the name Olivia or Oliver. In Latin, the meaning of Ollie is 'olive tree'. In Ancient Greece, an olive branch was used to symbolize peace, harmony and togetherness. It also has Germanic roots and is considered to be the French form of the name 'Olafur', coming from ‘Alfihar’. Alfihar is comprised of its elements ‘alf’ meaning ‘an elf’ and ‘ihari’ meaning ‘an army’. Hence, the name can also mean ‘an elf army’ or ‘an elf warrior’. Though Ollie was earlier used as a diminutive for Oliver, it has been rising to fame and becoming a given name by itself. Olly Alexander is an actor and singer and is the lead singer in the British band Years and Years. Popular footballers with this name are Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins and AFC Wimbledon’s Ollie Palmer. There are also a number of cricketers with the name, including Ollie Robinson, Ollie Stone and Ollie Davies.

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Ordell is an English origin name which means 'valley's edge'. The name is derived from 'woad hill'. Famous people with this name include Amy Odell, a British musician, and Cary Odell, an American art director.

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The meaning of Orrick is 'more oak' or 'old oak tree', and the name is of English origin. In other languages, it can also mean 'sword ruler'. It is a habitational name referring to the people of Orrock in Fife. Orrick was first discovered in Fife during the 12th century. There were Orrick settlers in Nova Scotia, Virginia, California and Baltimore. Their original motto before a coat of arms was a war cry or slogan. A famous name association is William Horsely Orrick who is the judge for the United States Court for North California. He gained senior status during his serving in 1985. Another famous associate was Edward Orrick, an American vice admiral and Medal of Honor recipient. He attended the Naval Academy in the United States and was the first man to fly a plane off a battleship. He earnt his Medal of Honor for his contributions during the United States occupation of Veracruz.

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Orsin is a name belonging to English origins. The meaning of Orsin is 'bear club' and comes from the Latin word 'orson' which means bear. It is a name typically used by parents as a name for a baby boy. A variation of the name is Orson. This name was used by a popular American rock band 'Orson' whose hit songs include 'No Tomorrow', 'Happiness' and 'Tryin To Help'.

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The meaning of Osbert is bright god' or 'divinely brilliant' and the name is of English origin. Osbert Sitwell is a famous namesake. He dedicated his life to art and literature alongside his sister and younger brother.

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