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Origins Available: French, Spanish


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

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.


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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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  • Tilo Rivas, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • Steve Rivas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Ryland Rivas, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives 47th District, 2002
  • Rudolph Rivas, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1964
  • Robert C. Rivas, American politician, Mayor of Bergenfield, New Jersey, 2000-02
  • Margarita Rivas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2008
  • Jose Rivas, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arizona, 2008
  • 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

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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  7. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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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.

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