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The prestigious surname Rivière comes from the dynamic region of Bourgogne, in France. 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 Rivière is derived from the Old French word riviere, meaning river, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river.

Rivière Early Origins



The surname 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.

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Rivière Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rivière Early History


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Rivière Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our 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 Rivière History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rivière Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rivière Early Notables (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...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rivière Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rivière Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Riviere, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jean Riviere, aged 50, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Louis Rivière settled in America in 1766

Rivière Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. B. Rivière, aged 26, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Jean Rivière, aged 50, who settled in Louisiana in 1823
  • M. Riviere, aged 20, settled in Louisiana in 1823
  • Manuel Riviere, aged 21, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Pedro Riviere, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rivière (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rivière (post 1700)



  • Alexander Riviere, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Portsmouth, 1884
  • Jacques Rivière (1886-1925), French writer
  • Georges Henri Rivière, French ethnologist, who created the Popular Arts and Traditions Museum, and was the initiator of many other French museums
  • Émile Rivière, French writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Rivière Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 November 2015 at 08:54.

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