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.
The earliest occurrence of the Oliver surname in our family history documents is from 1380, and we currently have 1,164,160 records where Oliver appears.
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Typical jobs for Olivers
Hard-working people, the Olivers. 1357 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Olivers lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Oliver in London.
Olivers’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Olivers were angels, apparently. We found 1314 in criminal records.
Olivers in World War I
According to the World War I records, 1713 Olivers served in the First World War.