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The distinguished surname Oliveira, 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 Oliveira 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 Oliveira 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 Oliveira Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Oliveira Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Antonio Oliveira, who landed in New York in 1795

Oliveira Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Leocadia de Oliveira arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858

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  • Rene O. Oliveira, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 37th District
  • Jiranimo Oliveira, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1980
  • Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010), American painter, printmaker, and sculptor
  • Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH (1908-2015), Portuguese film director and screenwriter
  • Maicon Pereira de Oliveira (1988-2014), Brazilian football player who played for the Ukrainian club Illichivets
  • Raica Oliveira (b. 1984), Brazilian model
  • Nicolas Nilo César de Oliveira (b. 1987), Brazilian freestyle swimmer
  • Jair Rodrigues M. Oliveira (b. 1975), Brazilian composer, singer and producer
  • Stanislas Oliveira (b. 1988), Franco-Portuguese footballer
  • William da Silva Oliveira (b. 1984), former Brazilian soccer player

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  1. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Heraldic Patronimica Española Y Sus Patronimicos Compuestos. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1976. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
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The Oliveira Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oliveira 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 5 November 2015 at 09:30.

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