John Oliver

Brief Life History of John

When John Oliver was christened on 5 April 1773, in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Oliver, was 42 and his mother, Eleanor Rippeth, was 34.

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Family Time Line

John Oliver
1731–
Eleanor Rippeth
1739–1798
Thomas Oliver
1753–
Mary Oliver
1756–
James Oliver
1758–
Thos Oliver
1759–
George Oliver
1760–1801
Kathleen Christian Oliver
1764–1818
Margaret Oliver
1764–
Robert Oliver
1766–1768
Eleanor Oliver
1766–
William Oliver
1767–
John Oliver
1773–
Henry Oliver
1796–

Sources (2)

  • John Oliver, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Oliver - Published information: birth-name: John Oliver

World Events (3)

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

1815

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

1823

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

Name Meaning

English (northern), southern Scottish, southern French, and German: from the Old French personal name Oliver (modern French Olivier). This became common largely through the influence of the immensely popular narrative poem Chanson de Roland, in which the warrior Oliver is the wise best friend of the doomed hero Roland. The two men were peers at the court of Charlemagne, and the name is probably of ancient Germanic origin. The name ostensibly means ‘olive tree’ (see Oliveira ), but this is almost certainly the result of folk etymology working on an unidentified ancient Germanic personal name, perhaps a cognate of Alvaro . Old Norse Óláf (see Olliff ) and ancient Germanic Alfhari (composed of the elements alf ‘elf’ and hari ‘army’) have also been suggested as sources, but both personal names are difficult to explain phonetically, especially the latter. The Anglo-Norman name has been established in Ireland (Louth) since at least the 14th century, and was reinforced in Ulster and Limerick by migrants from England in the 17th century. The surname is also borne by Jews, apparently as an adoption of the non-Jewish surname.

Catalan: generally a topographic name from oliver ‘olive tree’, but in some instances possibly related to a homonymous personal name (see 1 above).

History: The surname Oliver of French origin (see 1 above) is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of South Carolina.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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