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Origins of the Oliver surname

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What does the name Oliver mean?

The Oliver surname is English, and is thought to have Anglo-Norman roots, arriving with the conquest of William I in 1066. Records have been found with the surname Oliver dating back to the 1100s. It has patronymic roots, and refers to the son or descendant of someone named Oliver or Olivier.

Alternative variations of the name Oliver

Oliver, Olliver, Olivar, Olivere, Aliver

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Where do most Olivers live?

In 1921, most Olivers lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Olivers

How common is your surname?

163rd most common surname in the UK

We have 220,000 records for the Oliver surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Olivers most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Olivers.

What are the most common Oliver first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Olivers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Olivers in 1921
Dressmaker

1,002

Domestic Servant

642

Laundress

544

General Servant Domestic

500

House Servant

431

Common Male occupations for Olivers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

968

Coal Miner

899

Farmer

737

General Labourer

701

Farm Labourer

546

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