Ryvières History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The prestigious surname Ryvières comes from the dynamic region of Bourgogne, in France. Ryvières 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 Ryvières is derived from the Old French word "rivière", meaning "river", and indicates that the original bearer lived near a river. 
Early Origins of the Ryvières family
The surname Ryvières 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 Ryvières family
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Ryvières 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 Ryvières 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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Migration of the Ryvières family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: J. B. Rivière, aged 26, who settled in New Orleans in 1822; Jean Rivière, aged 50, who settled in Louisiana in 1823; Louis Rivière settled in America in 1766.
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- ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.