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Scottish history reveals Oliver was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in Roxburgh. While most of the name likely derive from the Old French Oivier, it is supposed that some of the Scottish instances of this name derive from the Old Norse name Oleifr

Oliver Early Origins



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

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Oliver Spelling Variations


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Oliver Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Oliver has been spelled Oliver, Olivier, Ollivier, Olliver and others.

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Oliver Early History


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Oliver Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oliver research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1542, 1546, and 1557 are included under the topic Early Oliver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oliver Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oliver Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oliver Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oliver In Ireland


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Oliver In Ireland



Some of the Oliver family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 294 words (21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 16th Century

  • Francisco de Oliver sailed to New Spain in 1536

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Adam Oliver, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Nicholas Oliver settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Edward Oliver, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Geoffrey Oliver, who landed in Maryland in 1646
  • Mary Oliver settled in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Brattle Oliver, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Isaac Oliver, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Oliver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Oliver, aged 29, landed in New York in 1812
  • Esteban Oliver, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • James Oliver, who landed in South Carolina in 1821
  • Elizabeth Oliver, who landed in New York in 1832
  • Diego Oliver, who arrived in Spanish Main in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oliver Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • John Oliver was a boatkeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1681 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Oliver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Oliver settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Aaron Oliver U.E. who settled in Richmond [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Indian Department [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Frederick Oliver U.E. who settled in Richmond [Greater Napanee], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Indian Department, married with 6 children [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Thomas Oliver was a fisherman in Devil's Cove, Newfoundland in 1796 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Oliver Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Oliver, aged 40, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Mary Oliver, aged 36, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Rhoda Oliver, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • William Oliver, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • Stephen Oliver, aged 12, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Baltic Merchant" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oliver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Augustus Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Charles Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Charlotte Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Edward Oliver arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oliver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Oliver, aged 13, a servant, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • James Oliver, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Margaret B. Oliver, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • George B. Oliver, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Agnes B. Oliver, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oliver (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oliver (post 1700)



  • Susan Oliver (1937-1990), born Charlotte Gercke, an American Primetime Emmy Award nominated actress, known for her work on Peyton Place (1964), BUtterfield 8 (1960) and The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
  • George Oliver, American bronze medalist for golf at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Major-General Lunsford Errett Oliver (1889-1978), American Chief of the Military Survey Mission to Turkey (1947)
  • Edna May Oliver (1883-1942), born Edna May Nutter, an American stage and film actress popular in the 1930s
  • David Oliver (1962-1992), American actor, known for role as Perry Hutchins on the daytime soap opera Another World
  • Dale Byron Oliver (b. 1970), American music composer
  • Bernard M. "Barney" Oliver (1916-1995), American scientist in the fields of radar, television, and computers, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Barret Spencer Oliver (b. 1973), American photographer and former child actor
  • Alexander Oliver (1744-1828), American colonel who fought during the Revolutionary War, founder of Belpre, Ohio
  • Andrew Oliver (1706-1774), American merchant and public official in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1771-1774)
  • ... (Another 138 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Oliver Historic Events


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Oliver Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Alan Henry Oliver (1923-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Lindisfarne, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. N Oliver, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alfred Henry Oliver, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. H. Oliver (d. 1912), aged 32, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Oliver


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Suggested Readings for the name Oliver



  • James Spencer Oliver and his Wife Sarah Elizabeth Bireley by Delia Klinger Redman.
  • Oliver Genealogical Record, 1750-1970 by Claude Matthews Oliver.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ad foedera cresco
Motto Translation: I gain by treaty


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  6. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. 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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Oliver Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oliver 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.

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