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Olney was originally called Nineveh, and under the latter name was platted in 1855. A post office called Olney has been in operation since 1876. It is unclear why the name Olney was applied to this community.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Olney, Missouri
- "Lincoln County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
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