I see from the Daily Mail that the most popular name for boys born in the U.K. last year was Oliver (for girls it was Olivia).
I’ve nothing against the name, but I wonder why this would be. I’ve checked, and I can’t see that the survey was sponsored by Olivio (the popular olive-based spread). I doubt if it’s inspired by O. Hardy or O. Reed, and I’m quite certain it’s nothing to do with Oliver Letwin.
The best I can come up with would be the Lloyd Webber instigated talent contest to find a new Oliver Twist, or perhaps the popular TV chef Jamie Oliver. But neither of these explain the popularity of Olivia.
I also wonder what was going on in the heads of the parents of this man, whose grave lies in the Churchyard at Brixworth, and how soon it took him to tire of hearing the same jokes.