Olive Family History

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Olive Name Meaning

French: from olive ‘olive’ (see Oliva). English: usually an Americanized form of a Romance name such as Oliva, Olivo, etc. Catalan (Olivé): variant spelling of Oliver.

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

Similar surnames: Oliver, Oliva, Olivo, Olivero, Olin, Moline, Alice, Obie, Glave, Line

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Olive Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Olive name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Olive. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Olive Family Origin

Where is the Olive family from?

Olive Family Occupations

What did your Olive ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Labourer and Carter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Olive. A less common occupation for the Olive family was Farmer. The most common Olive occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 8% of Olive's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Carter

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Olive ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Olive Historical Records

What Olive family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Olive. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Olive census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Olive. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Olive. For the veterans among your Olive ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Olive Life Expectancy

What is the average Olive lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Olive life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Olive in 1945 was 41, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Olive

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Olive ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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