La Rivière History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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 "rivière", meaning "river", and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river. 
Early Origins of the La Rivière family
The surname La Rivière was 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.
This prominent family prospered and expanded to many regions where members of the family were granted various titles for their valiant behavior in defending their King and country. Important members of the family included the Lords of Perchain and of Champlemis, Governors, Magistrates and Lieutenant-Generals of the Government of Nivernais, Knights of Malta and of Orders of the King, and a Lieutenant for the King at the Government of Bresse, Bugey and Valromey.
During the 17th century, more branches formed, such as the Viscounts of Tonnerre and of Quincy, and the Lords of Corvol-le-Dampbernard. One impressive member of the family was the Lieutenant for the King at the Government of Bourgogne where he commanded the nobility of this province in 1689. As this family were actively involved in the events of the times, many members were active participants in the French Revolution and its resultant social and political upheaval.
Distinctive members of the family at this time were: Joseph François Rivière, the Lieutenant General for the Magistrate of Gévaudan in 1787, and later, in 1789, was a Deputy at the Constituante (National Assembly); Lambert Rivière, the Vice-President of the Assembly in 1806, the Mayor of Pont-sur-Seine in 1814, and, under the Restoration, the President of the General Council; and Jean Baptiste Gabriel Rivière, a Deputy at the Council of Ancients and at the Legislative Corps.
Early History of the La Rivière family
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La Rivière Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the La Rivière family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Bureau de La Rivière (died 1400), a French politician, knight and royal adviser, the chamberlain of Charles V the Wise and an advisor...
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La Rivière migration to the United States +
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 immigrated 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 migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
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 immigrated 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
Contemporary Notables of the name La Rivière (post 1700) +
- 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
Historic Events for the La Rivière family +
- 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 
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