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Where did the French La Rivière family come from? What is the French La Rivière family crest and coat of arms? When did the La Rivière family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the La Rivière family history?The prestigious surname La Rivière comes from the dynamic region of Bourgoigne, in France. La Rivière 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 La Rivière is derived from the Old French word riviere, meaning river, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river.
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 Bourgogne where the family held a family seat from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Rivière research. Another 737 words(53 lines of text) covering the years 1147, 1429, 1689, 1787, 1789, 1806, 1814 and 1806 are included under the topic Early La Rivière History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
La Rivière Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The La Rivière Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The La Rivière 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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