Oliff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Oliff family

The surname Oliff was first found in Northampton, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Oliff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oliff research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1635, 1692, 1684 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Oliff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Oliff Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Olive, Oliff, Oliffe, Oliph and others.

Early Notables of the Oliff family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oliff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Oliff family to Ireland

Some of the Oliff 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.


United States Oliff migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oliff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Oliff, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]

New Zealand Oliff migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Oliff Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Oliff, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Mr. William Oliff, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gertrude" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th February 1863 [2]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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