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Noble surnames, such as De rivas, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the Spanish people. The original bearer of the name De rivas, 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 rivas family originally lived near a river bank or seaside. The surname De rivas 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 rivas family


The surname De rivas was first found in Leon, in northwestern Spain.

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Early History of the De rivas family

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Early History of the De rivas family


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De rivas Spelling Variations

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De rivas Spelling Variations


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.

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Early Notables of the De rivas family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the De rivas 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...
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Migration of the De rivas family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the De rivas 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name De rivas (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name De rivas (post 1700)


  • Juan Francisco de Cárdenas y Rodríguez de Rivas, Spanish diplomat

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