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Where did the French Rivas family come from? What is the French Rivas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rivas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rivas family history?

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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.

First found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rivas research. Another 943 words(67 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1500, 1521, 1573, and 1668 are included under the topic Early Rivas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rivas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Francisco de Rivas, who sailed to America in 1513
  • Catalina de Rivas sailed to Cartagena in 1585 with her daughter

Rivas Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ramon Rivas, who sailed to Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Ramon Rivas, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Francisco De Rivas, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Pedro Rivas, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1820
  • Pablo Rivas Pujol sailed to Puerto Rico in 1825


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  • Edgar J Rivas, American physician
  • David Rivas, American consultant and business executive
  • Daniel Rivas Fernández (1988-2015), Spanish motorcycle racer ho died due to injuries sustained in an accident in Laguna Seca
  • Willy Rivas (b. 1985), Peruvian professional footballer
  • David Rivas Rodríguez (b. 1978), Spanish footballer
  • Diego Rivas Gutiérrez (b. 1980), Spanish footballer
  • Raimundo Rivas, Colombian politician, diplomat and historian
  • Milagros Rivas, mental health and substance abuse director
  • Mercedes Rivas, educator and supervisor
  • Joaquín Méndez Rivas, Mexican poet


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  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Rivas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rivas 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 17 August 2015 at 13:26.

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