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

Spelling variations of this family name include: Olive, Oliff, Oliffe, Oliph and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olliff research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1635, 1692, 1684 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Olliff History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Olliff Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Olliff family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olliff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Olliff, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812

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  • Dr. Emmanuel Pétavel- Olliff (1836-1910), Swiss pastor and biblical scholar
  • Arthur Sidney Olliff (1865-1895), Australian taxonomist, Government entomologist in New South Wales
  • Laurie Olliff, New Zealand rugby league player who represented his country in the 1960 World Cup
  • John Sheldon Olliff (1908-1951), English tennis player, author and sportsjournalist


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The Olliff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olliff 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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