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Where did the French De la riviere family come from? What is the French De la riviere family crest and coat of arms? When did the De la riviere family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the De la riviere family history?

The prestigious surname De la riviere comes from the dynamic region of Bourgoigne, in France. De la riviere is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name De la riviere is derived from the Old French word riviere, meaning river, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rivière, Rivyère, Ryvyère, Ryvière, Rivières, Rivyères, Ryvyères, Ryvières, La Rivière, La Rivyère, La Ryvyère, La Ryvière, La Rivières, La Rivyères, La Ryvyères, La Ryvières, Rivest and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De la riviere research. Another 737 words(53 lines of text) covering the years 1147, 1429, 1689, 1787, 1789, 1806, 1814, 1400 and 1806 are included under the topic Early De la riviere History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De la riviere Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: J. B. Rivière, aged 26, who settled in New Orleans in 1822; Jean Rivière, aged 50, who settled in Louisiana in 1823; Louis Rivière settled in America in 1766.

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The De la riviere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The De la riviere Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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