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The distinguished surname Olivares, like many Spanish family names, is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins.

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The surname Olivares was first found in Aragon, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain. Today, Olivares is a city in the province of Seville having a population of 8,729 inhabitants as of 2005.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Oliva, de Oliva, Olivas, Olivo, Olivos, Oliver, de Oliver, Olivé, Olive, Olivera, Oliveras, Olivero, Oliveros, de Oliveros, Olivérez, Oliverez, Olives, Olivar, Olivares and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olivares research. Another 397 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1137, 1148, 1170, 1238, 1229, 1282, 1469 and 1235 are included under the topic Early Olivares History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olivares Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Alonso de Olivares sailed to America in 1513 with his son Francisco
  • Fernando de Olivares sailed to Cartagena in 1534
  • Gabriel de Olivares, who received a Grant of Arms from King Charles I in 1536 in recognition of his services to the Crown
  • Alonso de Olivares sailed to the Spanish Main in 1538

Olivares Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Juan De Olivares, who arrived in America in 1810
  • Pedro De Olivares, who landed in America in 1812
  • Sebastian De Olivares, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Alonso De Olivares, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Domingo Olivares, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816


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  • José de Olivares (1867-1942), American Republican politician, U.S. Consul in Managua, 1906-09; Madras, 1911-14; Hamilton, 1915-24; Kingston, 1924-29; Leghorn, 1929-32
  • Lisa Olivares, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 2008
  • Manuel Olivares Lapeña (1909-1975), Spanish footballer
  • Raúl Alejandro Olivares Gálvez (b. 1988), Chilean footballer
  • Omar Olivares Palqu (b. 1967), Puerto Rican Major League Baseball former right-handed starting pitcher who played from 1990 to 2001
  • Laureano Olivares (b. 1978), Venezuelan film and television actor
  • Maritza Olivares, Mexican actress
  • Rubén Olivares (b. 1947), former Mexican boxer, member of the Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Edgar Rolando Olivares Burgoa (b. 1977), Bolivian football midfielder
  • Percy Celso Olivares Polanco (b. 1968), retired Peruvian footballer


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  2. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Olivares Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olivares 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.

This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 11:29.

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