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In ancient Scotland, Ollivier was a Strathclyde-Briton 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

Ollivier Early Origins



The surname Ollivier 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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Ollivier Spelling Variations


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Ollivier Spelling Variations



Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Ollivier has been spelled Oliver, Olivier, Ollivier, Olliver and others.

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Ollivier Early History


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Ollivier Early History



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

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Ollivier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ollivier Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Ollivier In Ireland


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Ollivier In Ireland



Some of the Ollivier 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



In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Ollivier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Ollivier settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1796

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ollivier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ollivier (post 1700)



  • Jonathan Byrne Ollivier (1977-2015), British dancer, nominated as Outstanding Young Male Artist in National Dance Awards, 2002, Best Male Dancer in National Dance Awards, 2003-2004, awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Northampton, 2006

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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. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Ollivier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ollivier 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 10 August 2015 at 10:04.

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