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

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

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.


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


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  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
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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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