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Oliphant Name Meaning

English (London) and Scottish (Fife): from Old French olifard or olifant of uncertain meaning. It has been suggested that this might be a derivative of Old French olif ‘olive’ + the pejorative suffix -ard ‘derisive nickname for one who preferred an olive branch to more martial weapons’; it may have denoted a man twisted like an olive-tree. The variant Olifant may have resulted from the substitution in Old Norman French of the sequence l-r by l-n leading to a false association with Old French olifant ‘elephant’. This heraldic beast appears in the Scottish family's coats of arms. Branches of the Anglo-Norman family owned lands in both England and Scotland. The surname is now chiefly Scottish. English: possibly a topographic name from residence at an inn known as the Olyphaunt or ‘elephant’ though whether this gave rise to a hereditary surname is unknown.

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


Similar surnames: Licht, Kiphart, Oliva, Lipman, Dechant, Lapham, Alphin, Friant

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Where is the Oliphant family from?

You can see how Oliphant families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oliphant family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oliphant families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 133 Oliphant families living in Cumberland. This was about 24% of all the recorded Oliphant's in United Kingdom. Cumberland had the highest population of Oliphant families in 1891.
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What did your Oliphant ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Oliphant. 20% of Oliphant men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Oliphant women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oliphant were Railway Clerk and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    20%
  • Motor Mechanic
    10%
  • Fitter lime Selector
    7%
  • Railway Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Private Means
    7%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
  • Housewife
    3%
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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Oliphant. For the veterans among your Oliphant ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oliphant lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Oliphant life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Oliphant in 1943 was 23, and 70 in 2004.

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