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Where did the Spanish Olivarez family come from? What is the Spanish Olivarez family crest and coat of arms? When did the Olivarez family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Olivarez family history?

The distinguished surname Olivarez, 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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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olivarez 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 Olivarez 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 Olivarez Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: conquistador Gabriel de Olivares, who received a Grant of Arms from King Charles I in 1536; in recognition of his services to the Crown. Other early migrants to the New World included Domingo de Oliveros, who sailed to America in 1510.

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  • Ricardo Roybal Olivarez, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for California, 2012
  • Vanessa Denae Olivarez (b. 1981), American singer, songwriter and actress
  • Graciela Gil Olivarez (1928-1987), American lawyer and civil rights advocate, President Jimmy Carter appointed her the director of the Community Services Administration in 1977
  • Dr. Pablo R. Olivarez, Philippine educator, president of Olivarez College, Parañaque, Philippines


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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  6. Domínguez, C. Hispano de Apellidos y Blasones. 4 Vols. 2001. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  10. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
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The Olivarez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olivarez 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 25 November 2015 at 21:51.

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