Noble surnames, such as De riva, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name De riva, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Spain
. In Spain
, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The De riva family originally lived near a river bank or seaside. The surname De riva is derived from the word riparia, which is further derived form the Latin word ripa, which mean river bank or seaside.
Early Origins of the De riva family
The surname De riva was first found in Leon, in northwestern Spain.
Early History of the De riva family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De riva research.Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1212, 1236, 1243, 1248, 1265, 1576 and 1655 are included under the topic Early De riva History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De riva Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Rivas, Riva, Ribas, Riba, de Rivas, de Ribas, de la Riva, de la Riba, de Riva, de Riba and many more.
Early Notables of the De riva family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were 16th century Spanish painter Francisco Ribalta, and his son Juan, also a painter; Andres Perez De Ribas (1576-1655), a Spanish Jesuit missionary, and historian of north-western... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De riva Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the De riva family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: missionary Juan de Riva. He witnessed the reconstruction of Buenos Aires in 1580; and charted the Río de la Plata. Other early migrants to the New World bearing this surname or a variant spelling of the name included Francisco de Rivas, who sailed to America in 1513.