Spelling variations of this family name include: Oliver, Olivier, Ollivier, Olliver and others.
First found in Roxburghshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rosbroig), a former county in southern Scotland which surrounded the Royal Burgh of Roxburgh, an important Medieval trading city, where they were seated 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.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Evan Oliver who settled in Delaware with his wife Jean and seven children in 1682; Mary Oliver settled in Virginia in 1651; Nicholas Oliver settled in Virginia in 1638.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Motto Translated: I gain by treaty
Suggested Readings for the name Oliver
James Spencer Oliver and his Wife Sarah Elizabeth Bireley by Delia Klinger Redman, Oliver Genealogical Record, 1750-1970 by Claude Matthews Oliver.
Some noteworthy people of the name Oliver
* James Churchill Oliver (1895-1986), American politician, U.S. Representative from Maine
* Covey Oliver, American Lawyer and law professor
* Susan Oliver (1937-1990), American actress
* Roland Oliver (b. 1923), British Historian
* Peter Oliver, Judge
* Michael Oliver, English businessman, Lord Mayor of London from 2001 to 2002
* Jamie Oliver (b. 1975), English, television chef
* Manuel MarŪa Oliver, Argentinian writer and historian
* Maria AntÚnia Oliver, Catalan novelist
* Juan Torres Oliver, Bishop of Ponce, Puerto Rico
* Peter Raymond Oliver (b. 1921), British judge and barrister, Baron Oliver of Aylmerton
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