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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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The surname Oliver was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Oliver, dean of King Henry VIII's College at Oxford (1532-1545); Thomas Oliver ( c. 1601-1679), the second husband of Bridget Bishop, who on 10 June...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oliver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • 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
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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
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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
  • Mr. Aaron Oliver U.E. who settled in Richmond [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Indian Department [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Frederick Oliver U.E. who settled in Richmond [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Indian Department, married with 6 children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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)
  • George Oliver, American bronze medalist for golf at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Major-General Lunsford Errett Oliver (1889-1978), American Chief of the Military Survey Mission to Turkey (1947)
  • Edna May Oliver (1883-1942), born Edna May Nutter, an American stage and film actress popular in the 1930s
  • David Oliver (1962-1992), American actor, known for role as Perry Hutchins on the daytime soap opera Another World
  • Dale Byron Oliver (b. 1970), American music composer
  • 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)
  • Barret Spencer Oliver (b. 1973), American photographer and former child actor
  • Alexander Oliver (1744-1828), American colonel who fought during the Revolutionary War, founder of Belpre, Ohio
  • 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)
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Oliver Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Alan Henry Oliver (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Lindisfarne, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. N Oliver, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alfred Henry Oliver, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. H. Oliver (d. 1912), aged 32, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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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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