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The prestigious surname La Rivière comes from the dynamic region of Bourgogne, 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.

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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 La Rivière 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 La Rivière 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 La Rivière Notables 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 United States in the 20th Century


  • Pierre Lariviere, aged 29, who landed in America from Treignac, in 1901
  • Melanie Lariviere, aged 36, who emigrated to America from Crantac, in 1902
  • Joseph Lariviere, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Andrew Lariviere, aged 33, who landed in America from Louvain, Belgium, in 1912

La Rivière Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Pierre LaRiviere, who landed in Montreal in 1653

La Rivière Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Clementditart Lariviere, aged 35, who emigrated to Windsor, Canada, in 1920
  • Ernest Lariviere, aged 33, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1922
  • Blanche Lariviere, aged 32, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1922

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  • Ronald Albert LaRiviere (1955-1988), American Passenger from Alexandria, Virginia, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Leonide Albert Lariviere (1897-1987), Canadian-born, American racecar driver from Montreal, Quebec
  • Chelsea Lariviere, Canadian silver medalist paralympic athlete at the 2004 Paralympic Games
  • Garry Lariviere (b. 1954), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey defenceman from Gananoque, Ontario
  • Jacinthe Larivière (b. 1981), Canadian figure skater


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  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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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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