The name Rivaux 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 Rivaux family
The surname Rivaux 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Early History of the Rivaux family
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Rivaux Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Rivaux 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 Rivaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rivaux family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Rivaux has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Rivaux were J.W. Rivarde who settled in New Orleans La. in 1820; I. W. Rivarde settled in Mississippi in 1820; H.L. Rivard settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1868..
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print