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It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Olivier. 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

Olivier Early Origins



The surname Olivier 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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Olivier Spelling Variations


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Olivier Spelling Variations



Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Olivier has been spelled Oliver, Olivier, Ollivier, Olliver and others.

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Olivier Early History


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Olivier Early History



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

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Olivier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Olivier Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Olivier In Ireland


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Olivier In Ireland



Some of the Olivier 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



The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Olivier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Olivier, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Mr. Olivier settled in Carolina in 1679
  • Peter Olivier, who arrived in South Carolina in 1680

Olivier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Olivier, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Magdeleine Bourque Olivier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Paul Olivier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Anne Olivier, aged 56, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Laurence Olivier, who landed in New York in 1798

Olivier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Olivier arrived in New Orleans in 1821
  • Carlos Olivier, aged 60, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Louisa Amelia Olivier, aged 2, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Albert P Olivier, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1846
  • Johannes Olivier, who landed in Iowa in 1866
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Olivier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Olivier, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jehan Olivier, who arrived in Montreal in 1660
  • Maurice Olivier, aged 27, arrived in Quebec in 1665
  • Marc Olivier, who arrived in Canada in 1690

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Contemporary Notables of the name Olivier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Olivier (post 1700)



  • Arthur C. "Art" Olivier (b. 1957), American politician, Mayor of Bellflower, California (1994-1999)
  • J. B. Olivier, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1859-60
  • Art Olivier, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 2000
  • Carlos Olivier (1952-2007), Venezuelan actor
  • Giorgio Borg Olivier (1911-1980), Maltese politician, two-time Prime Minister of Malta, Leader of the Nationalist Party
  • Joseph Mario Jacques Olivier PC (b. 1944), Canadian politician, 36th Mayor of Longueuil, Quebec (2001-2005)
  • Philip Olivier (b. 1980), born Philip Lee Borg-Olivier, British actor, model and stage performer, best known for playing the role of Tim O'Leary in the soap opera Brookside
  • Wynand Olivier (b. 1983), South African rugby union footballer
  • Sir Lawrence Kerr Olivier (1907-1989), Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy-winning English actor, director, and producer
  • William Olivier, Canadian Diplomat
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    11. ...

    The Olivier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olivier 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 16 March 2016 at 13:18.

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