Rivard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
One of the first records of the family was Peter de Rivalx or Rivallis (died 1258), a favourite of Henry III. A Poitevin (born in Poitou, France) by birth, in 1204, he was granted various churches in Lincolnshire and by 1218, he appears as one of the king's chamberlains and a clerk in the wardrobe. In 1223, he was Chancellor of Poitou. "He was later granted the custody of many of the most important castles in England, the royal purveyorship at fairs, the chamberlainship of the Exchequer in Ireland." 
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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Rivard migration to the United States +
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 migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rivard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Nicolas Rivard, who landed in Canada in 1648
- Nicolas Rivard, son of Nicolas and Catherine, who married Élisabeth Trotier, daughter of Julien and Marie, in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec on 20th November 1678 
- Julien Rivard, son of Nicolas and Catherine, who married Élisabeth Thunès, daughter of Félix and Élisabeth, in Champlain, Quebec on 3rd February 1682 
- Pierre Rivard, son of Nicolas and Catherine, who married Catherine Trotier, daughter of Julien and Marie, in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec on 9th January 1685 
- François Rivard, son of Nicolas and Catherine, who married Madeleine Le Pelé, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Batiscan, Quebec on 18th February 1697 
Rivard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mathurin Rivard, son of Robert and Madeleine, who married Françoise Trotier, daughter of Jean and Geneviève, in Batiscan, Quebec on 20th April 1700 
- François Rivard, son of Robert and Madeleine, who married Marie-Josephte Hamelin, daughter of Louis and Antoinette, in Deschambault-Grondines, Quebec on 27th February 1710 
- François Rivard, son of Pierre and Catherine, who married Madeleine Turcot, daughter of Jacques and Anne, in Batiscan, Quebec on 26th February 1712 
- Jean Rivard, son of Nicolas and Catherine, who married Geneviève Chêne, daughter of Raymond and Rose, in Batiscan, Quebec on 1st April 1717 
- François Rivard, son of Julien and Élisabeth, who married Marie-Catherine Moreau, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Batiscan, Quebec on 16th November 1720 
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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 
- 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
Related Stories +
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html