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Where did the Scottish Olliver family come from? What is the Scottish Olliver family crest and coat of arms? When did the Olliver family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Olliver family history?The surname Olliver was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Roxburgh. While most of the name likely derive from the Old French Oivier, it is supposed that some of the Scottish instances of this name derive from the Old Norse name Oleifr
The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Olliver has been spelled Oliver, Olivier, Ollivier, Olliver and others.
First found in Roxburghshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olliver research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1542, 1546, and 1557 are included under the topic Early Olliver History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olliver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Olliver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 294 words(21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:
Olliver Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ad foedera cresco
Motto Translation: I gain by treaty
The Olliver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olliver Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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