Origins Available: French-Alt
The name Rivard has a long French heritage that first began in northwestern region of Brittany
. The name is derived from when the family lived in Brittany.
Early Origins of the Rivard family
The surname Rivard was first found in Brittany.
Early History of the Rivard family
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Rivard Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Rivard is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Rivaud, Rivard, Rivault, Rivaude, Rivot, Du Rivau and many more.
Early Notables of the Rivard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rivard family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until the colony fell to the English in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Rivard were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rivard were
Rivard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- H. L. Rivard, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868
Rivard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Nicolas Rivard, who landed in Canada in 1648
Contemporary Notables of the name Rivard (post 1700)
- William Rivard, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 11th Ward, 1938 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Richturd Rivard (b. 1976), American entrepreneur, motorcycle enthusiast, strength coach of MMA fighters
- Shantel Rivard, American professional women’s ice hockey player
- Lucien Rivard (1914-2002), French criminal known for a sensational prison escape and inspired the song "The Gallic Pimpernel"
- Reggie Rivard (b. 1978), Canadian professional baseball player
- Michel Rivard (b. 1951), Québécois singer and songwriter
- Fern Rivard (b. 1946), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
- Bobby Rivard (b. 1939), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
- Augustin Rivard (1743-1798), Canadian farmer and political figure
- Antoine Rivard (1898-1985), French Canadian politician from Quebec