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Where did the English Oliver family come from? What is the English Oliver family crest and coat of arms? When did the Oliver family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Oliver family history?

The Oliver surname in Britain is derived from the Old French name "Olivier", a baptismal name originally derived as "son of Oliver." One of Charlemagne's paldins better know as one of theTwelve Peers made the name popular and thus gave it the knightly sound. The Breton variant "Olier" was very popular.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oliver, Olivier, Ollivier, Olliver and others.

First found in Cornwall and the West country, where a Jordan Oliver was on record in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1201, and in the Pipe Rolls for Cornwall in 1204. The personal name Oliverus is on record in the Domesday Book of 1086 and indeed, the first records of the name was in it's personal form. Another record shows Peter filius Oliver in Oxford in 1273.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oliver research. Another 429 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1260, 1327, 1275, 1695, 1582, 1571, 1180, 1532, 1545, 1601, 1679, 10 J, 1692, 1556, 1617, 1706 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Oliver History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oliver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Oliver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco de Oliver sailed to New Spain in 1536

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Adam Oliver, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Nicholas Oliver settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Edward Oliver, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Geoffrey Oliver, who landed in Maryland in 1646
  • Mary Oliver settled in Virginia in 1651


Oliver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Brattle Oliver, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Isaac Oliver, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Oliver, aged 29, landed in New York in 1812
  • Esteban Oliver, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • James Oliver, who landed in South Carolina in 1821
  • Elizabeth Oliver, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Diego Oliver, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1834


Oliver Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • John Oliver was a boatkeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1681

Oliver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Richard Oliver settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Thomas Oliver was a fisherman in Devil's Cove, Newfoundland in 1796

Oliver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Oliver, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Mary Oliver, aged 36, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Rhoda Oliver, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • William Oliver, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Stephen Oliver, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815


Oliver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Ann Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Augustus Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Charles Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Charlotte Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Edward Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839


Oliver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Oliver, aged 13, a servant, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • James Oliver, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Margaret B. Oliver, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • George B. Oliver, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Agnes B. Oliver, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842


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  • James Churchill Oliver (1895-1986), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maine
  • Rear Admiral James Harrison Oliver (1857-1928), first military Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from 1917 to 1919
  • Covey Thomas Oliver (1914-2007), American lawyer, law professor, and Ambassador to Colombia (1964-1966)
  • Susan Oliver (1937-1990), born Charlotte Gercke, an American Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, known for her work on Peyton Place (1964), BUtterfield 8 (1960) and The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
  • Mary Oliver (b. 1935), American poet awarded the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Albert "Al" Oliver Jr. (b. 1946), American former Major League Baseball center fielder
  • Andrew Oliver (1706-1774), American merchant and public official in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1771-1774)
  • Alexander Oliver (1744-1828), American colonel who fought during the Revolutionary War, founder of Belpre, Ohio
  • Barret Spencer Oliver (b. 1973), American photographer and former child actor
  • Bernard M. "Barney" Oliver (1916-1995), American scientist in the fields of radar, television, and computers, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2004)

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  • James Spencer Oliver and his Wife Sarah Elizabeth Bireley by Delia Klinger Redman.
  • Oliver Genealogical Record, 1750-1970 by Claude Matthews Oliver.
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  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Oliver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oliver 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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