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

The distinguished surname Olivieri 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 Olivieri came from the given name Olivero, which is further derived from the Latin words olivarius and olivo, which mean olive.


Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Olivieri include Olivieri, Oliviero, Olivier, Oliveri, Olivero, Oliverio, Oliver, Ulivieri, Livieri, Liviero, Liverani, Vieri, Viero, Vier, Vierin and many more.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olivieri research. More information is included under the topic Early Olivieri History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Olivieri were

Olivieri Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Domingo Olivieri, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1837

Olivieri Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agrippina Olivieri, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from Mineo, Sicily, in 1909
  • Alessandro Olivieri, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Preci, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfio Olivieri, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from S. Stefano, Italy, in 1909
  • Annibale Olivieri, aged 39, who landed in America from Ascoli Piceno, Italy, in 1911
  • Antonietta Olivieri, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Riva. Crigoso, Italy, in 1911


  • Harry M. Olivieri (1916-2006), Italian-American restaurateur
  • Dawn Olivieri (b. 1981), American actress
  • Gennaro Olivieri (b. 1942), retired Italian professional football player and coach
  • Stefano Olivieri (b. 1983), former Italian footballer
  • Aldo Olivieri (1910-2001), former Italian football goalkeeper
  • Domenico Olivieri (b. 1679), Italian painter
  • Gennaro Olivieri (1922-2009), Swiss ice hockey referee
  • Nancy Fern Olivieri, prominent Canadian haematologist and researcher
  • Andrew Olivieri (b. 1981), retired Canadian soccer player


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  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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The Olivieri Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olivieri 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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