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Oliphant Family History

Oliphant Name Meaning
English, Scottish, French, and German: from Middle English, Old French, Middle High German olifant ‘elephant’ (medieval Latin olifantus, from classical Latin elephantus, Greek elephas, genitive elephantos). The circumstances in which this word was applied as a surname are not clear. It may have been a nickname for a large, lumbering individual, or a metonymic occupational name for a worker in ivory, or a habitational name from a house distinguished by the sign of an elephant.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Oliphant Families

  • Number of Oliphant families
     39 - 76
     14 - 38
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Oliphant families
     68 - 133
     23 - 67
     1 - 22
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Oliphant families
     95 - 187
     32 - 94
     1 - 31
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Oliphant Family Origin

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Oliphant Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Oliphant

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Oliphant Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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