Riva History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Riva family

The surname Riva was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

Early History of the Riva family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Riva research. Another 472 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1500, 1521, 1573, and 1668 are included under the topic Early Riva History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Riva Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rivals, Rival, Rivalls, Rivale, Rivales, Rivals de, Rhivals, Rivell, Rivas, Rivalles, Rivalle, Rivel, Rivalls de, Rhival, Rhivalls, Rhivale, Rhivales, Rhivals, Rhivalle and many more.

Early Notables of the Riva family (pre 1700)

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Riva Ranking

In France, the name Riva is the 5,067th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [1]


United States Riva migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Riva Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Juan de Riva, who sailed to the Spanish Main in 1527
  • Juan de Riva. He witnessed the reconstruction of Buenos Aires in 1580 and charted the Río de la Plata
Riva Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R DeLa Riva, aged 21, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826 [2]
  • Juan De Riva, who landed in Spanish Main in 1827 [2]
  • Ramon DeLa Riva, aged 28, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Ventura Riva, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • N Riva, aged 50, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Riva migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Riva Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Fernando Riva, (Ferdinand), English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Riva (post 1700) +

  • J. Michael Riva (1948-2012), American Primetime Emmy Award winning production designer
  • Emmanuelle Riva (1927-2017), French BAFTA Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and Amour (2012)
  • Riva Marie Di Paola (b. 1978), Canadian actress
  • Riva Lehrer (b. 1958), American painter, writer, teacher, and speaker


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora


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