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Oliveira Lines of Descent from Members in the Oliver Y DNA project

This web page was first mounted on December 2, 2009 by Sheila Schmutz. sheila.schmutz@usask.ca and updated on December 2, 2009. This is a private webpage that is connected to the Oliver Y DNA Project of Family Tree DNA. Please address corrections and additions to her. If you wish to correspond with other participants whose lines are shown, she will forward your message to them.

This webpage focuses only on the men who are named Oliveira.

Note that the names of the participants and their Fathers are not shown to protect the privacy of the individuals. If individuals do not wish their line to be shown at all, please contact me and I will respect your wishes.

The genealogy presented here was entered by the participants on an FTDNA page or sent to me for presentation on this page.


There are currently 5 men in the Oliver Y DNA project, who are named Oliveira as part of their name from their father's side of the family. There are also several Oliveira men who have been Y DNA tested by Sorenson Genealogy whose ancestors come from Brazil and Mexico. I have not been able to contact any of these men, but none are a perfect match to either of the Oliveira men tested for 25 markers by FTDNA. The other 3 men have been tested at only 12 markers so far.

The detailed data on the markers of the 5 men tested by FTDNA appears on the Oliver Y DNA project homepage under Y-DNA results. The Oliveira men are placed in the Red Group (14) in order to find them readily, not because they match.

Three of these men have an R haplogroup, one a G haplogroup and one and E haplogroup. None of them are perfect matches yet to each other or to any other man in the Oliver project. For some logical reasons, read more below about the name.


The Oliveira Name

Based on information provided by members, Oliveira means olive tree in Portuguese. It is apparently a very common last name in Portugal and Portuguese people have moved around the globe over the past few centuries.

The Oliviera name was also adopted by some Jewish families who lived in Portugal as early as 1496 when King Joao II decreed they convert to Catholicism, based on information provided by one of our participants. See an explanation by Jonatas Ricardo de Oliveira posted on GenForum in 2005 about this.

The Azores are off the coast of West Africa are now under the jurisdiction of Portugal. Some Oliveira families trace their ancestors to these islands. This seems to fit well with some Oliveira men having an E haplotype since it is likely there was immigration back and forth from West Africa also. The G haplogroup also can trace back to Northern Africa, as well as the middle East according to Wikipedia.

In Portugal, a person's Surname includes first the mother's father's name and last the father's name. In Venezuela, the reverse is true: the Surname is composed of the Father's name followed by the mother's last name from her father. In many Portuguese speaking countries the name is De Oliveira. The "De" means from or of. Apparently in Uruguay the name is now often Olivera. In Spain or other Spanish speaking countries, the two parental last names are hypenated with the father's first and the mother's second.


Links to Other Sites Specifically about Oliveira Families

  • Linkpendium Oliveira Family: Surname Genealogy, Family History, Family Tree, Family Crest
  • Links to Other Related Sites

    Printed References Related to These Families


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