Ollivier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Ollivier 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.

Early Origins of the Ollivier family

The surname Ollivier 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.

Important Dates for the Ollivier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ollivier research. Another 215 words (15 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 Ollivier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ollivier Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Ollivier family (pre 1700)

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...
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Migration of the Ollivier family to Ireland

Some of the Ollivier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ollivier migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ollivier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Ollivier, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1796

Contemporary Notables of the name Ollivier (post 1700)

  • Jonathan Byrne Ollivier (1977-2015), British dancer, nominated as Outstanding Young Male Artist in National Dance Awards, 2002, Best Male Dancer in National Dance Awards, 2003-2004, awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton, 2006
  • Jacques Ollivier Desclozeaux, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [1]

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  1. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 27) Jacques Desclozeaux. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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