Show ContentsOliveri History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Oliveri can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Oliveri came from the given name Olivero, which is further derived from the Latin words olivarius and olivo, which mean olive.

Early Origins of the Oliveri family

The surname Oliveri was first found in Bolgna (Latin: Bononia), the largest city and the capital of Emilia-Romagna Region. From the Oliveri lineage in this city came many prominent individuals, such as an Oliviero, documented as Cardinal of S.R. Chiesa in 1436.

Early History of the Oliveri family

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Oliveri Spelling Variations

In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Oliveri include Olivieri, Oliviero, Olivier, Oliveri, Olivero, Oliverio, Oliver, Ulivieri, Livieri, Liviero, Liverani, Vieri, Viero, Vier, Vierin and many more.

Early Notables of the Oliveri family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Alessandro Oliverio, (1500-1544), born in Bergamo, a famous painter and follower of Palma Vecchio. Pietro Oliveri was President of the Court in Palermo in 1675
  • Michele Oliveri was the first Duke of Aquaviva, and held the position in 1686
  • the Oliveri family from Messina was officially recognized as nobility in the city during the 15th and 16th centuries

Oliveri Ranking

In the United States, the name Oliveri is the 10,443rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Oliveri migration to the United States +

Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Oliveri:

Oliveri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agostino Oliveri, aged 28, who immigrated to America from S. Stefano, Italy, in 1893
  • Angela Oliveri, aged 10, who landed in America from Corleone, in 1899
Oliveri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adelina Oliveri, aged 23, who settled in America from Palermo, in 1907
  • Anna Oliveri, aged 57, who settled in America from Misilmeri, Palermo, in 1907
  • Angela Oliveri, aged 18, who settled in America from Naso, Sicily, in 1909
  • Angelo Oliveri, aged 18, who landed in America from Castiglione, Sicily, in 1909
  • Angelo Oliveri, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States from Misilmeri, Sicily, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Oliveri (post 1700) +

  • Michael Oliveri, American Bram Stoker Award-winning author, best known for his work Deadliest of the Species
  • Robert Dane Oliveri (b. 1978), former American actor
  • Nick Steven Oliveri (b. 1971), American musician, best known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age
  • Chiara Oliveri (b. 1979), Italian curler at the 2001 European Curling Championships

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