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Oliver Family History

Oliver Name Meaning
English, Scottish, Welsh, and German: from the Old French personal name Olivier, which was taken to England by the Normans from France. It was popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as having been borne by one of Charlemagne’s paladins, the faithful friend of Roland, about whose exploits there were many popular romances. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ (see Oliveira), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro. The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.Catalan and southern French (Occitan): generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to the homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

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

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Name Distribution of Oliver Families

  • Number of Oliver families
     518 - 1,034
     173 - 517
     1 - 172
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Oliver families
     1,337 - 2,671
     446 - 1,336
     1 - 445
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Oliver families
     340 - 677
     114 - 339
     1 - 113
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Oliver Family Origin

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Oliver Immigration Information

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Oliver Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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