Holiver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Holiver 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 Holiver family

The surname Holiver 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 Holiver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holiver 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 Holiver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holiver Spelling Variations

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

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

Migration of the Holiver family to Ireland

Some of the Holiver 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.

Migration of the Holiver family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Evan Oliver who settled in Delaware with his wife Jean and seven children in 1682; Mary Oliver settled in Virginia in 1651; Nicholas Oliver settled in Virginia in 1638.

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