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Oliva Name Meaning

Catalan Spanish and Portuguese: habitational name from Oliva in Valencia Santa Oliva in Girona or possibly from any of the places in Extremadura named La Oliva from Latin oliva ‘olive’. Italian (mainly southern Italy and Liguria): from Latin oliva ‘olive’ applied as a topographic name for someone who lived by an olive tree or grove or a metonymic occupational name for a gatherer or seller of olives or an extractor or seller of olive oil or perhaps in some cases a nickname for someone with a sallow complexion. German: habitational name from Oliva (Polish Oliwa) now quarter of Gdańsk in Pomeranian Voivodeship Poland. French (southern France and Corsica): of Italian origin (see 2 above) or a dialect variant of Olive ‘olive’.

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

Similar surnames: Olivas, Olivo, Oliver, Olive, Lipa, Olivar, Livas, Lia, Slivka, Sliva

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Where is the Oliva family from?

You can see how Oliva families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oliva family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Oliva families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 23 Oliva families living in California. This was about 27% of all the recorded Oliva's in USA. California had the highest population of Oliva families in 1880.
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What did your Oliva ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oliva. 20% of Oliva men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Oliva women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oliva were Barber and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Farmer
  • Barber

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Operator
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Oliva. 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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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Oliva. For the veterans among your Oliva ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oliva lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Oliva life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Oliva in 1942 was 39, and 78 in 2004.

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