Show ContentsOlarte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Olarte is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a keeper of a hall. The surname Olarte is composed of the elements hall, which denoted one who was employed at such a manor-house or hall, and ward, which was originally applied to one who was a watchman. [1]

"The Domesday Book Æluuard, Aluuard, Eluuardus may represent OE Ælfweard ‘elf guard’ which is clearly represented above or OE Æðelweard ‘noble guard’ which survives as Aylward and also appears as Alward. In the 12th century the two names were confused." [2] But earlier records show "AElward and Ailward were personal names before 1086. [3]

Early Origins of the Olarte family

The surname Olarte was first found in Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds where the first entries for the name were singularly Aluardus (1182-1186), and Alfwardus pistor (1200-1211.) [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included entries for Bernard Aylward, Wiltshire; Beatrix Aylward, Buckinghamshire; and Alan Alward, Cambridgeshire. [4] In Norfolk, records there show John Ayleward, Norwich, 1325 and Hamond Ayleward, vicar of Swardeston, Norfolk, 1376. [5] Early Somerset records show Nicholas Alyward, 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign. [6]

In Scotland, "John Aluart was "office bearer," [and was] probably procurator of the Scottish Nation in the University of Orleans, 1418." [7]

Early History of the Olarte family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olarte research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1626 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Olarte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Olarte Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Olarte has appeared include Allward, Alward, Alwood, Allwood, Alwart, Ailward, Alyward, Aylward, Ailard, Allard, Aillard, Ailard and many more.

Early Notables of the Olarte family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Olarte family to Ireland

Some of the Olarte family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Olarte migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Olarte arrived in North America very early:

Olarte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Diego De Olarte, who landed in Peru in 1884 [8]
Olarte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Louis Olarte, aged 19, originally from Paris, France, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Lafayette" from Le Havre, France [9]
  • Livia Olarte, aged 59, originally from Medellin, Colombia, arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Santa Marta" from Puerto Colombia, Colombia [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Olarte (post 1700) +

  • Carmen Olarte, retired Venezuelan voice actress
  • Serafin Olarte (d. 1821), Totonac chief and general who led a revolt against Spanish during the Mexican War of Independence
  • Susana Beatriz Olarte (b. 1946), Argentina Paralympic athlete who won nine medals, including four gold, at the 1964 Paralympic Games


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Rye, Walter, A History of Norfolk. London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, 1885. Print
  6. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J676-S6J : 6 December 2014), Louis Olarte, 17 Nov 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Lafayette, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64F-86X : 6 December 2014), Livia Olarte, 18 Sep 1919; citing departure port Puerto Colombia, Colombia, arrival port New York, N.Y., ship name Santa Marta, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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