Oliphant Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Licht, Kiphart, Oliva, Lipman, Dechant, Lapham, Alphin, Friant

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Oliphant Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Oliphant name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Oliphant. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Oliphant Family Origin

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Oliphant Family Occupations

What did your Oliphant ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Oliphant family was Farming. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oliphant. The most common Oliphant occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Oliphant's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Oliphant Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 40,000 census records available for the last name Oliphant. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oliphant census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Oliphant. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Oliphant. For the veterans among your Oliphant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oliphant Life Expectancy

What is the average Oliphant lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Oliphant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Oliphant in 1943 was 23, and 70 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oliphant ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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