Show ContentsRivelin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Rivelin is occupational in origin and derives from a person that made rivets for armor. The word itself derives from the Old French word "rivet," meaning "small nail" or "bolt." [1]

Early Origins of the Rivelin family

The surname Rivelin was first found in Poitou, where this family was installed in ancient times.

Many members of this family devoted their lives to the religious service and became bishops of their respective regions. The family branch Rivet sprung André Rivet, famous Calvinist theologian, born in 1573 at Confolens (Charente), dead in Nans in 1749. Antoine outlined and composed the first nine volumes of The Literary History of France (1728-1750), later continued by Dom Clémencet, D. Clément, and then by the French Institute.

He accomplished this large work in the monastery of Saint-Vincent of Mans where his superiors relegated him (1719) as editor of the famous, "Nécrologe de Port-Royal". Antoine Rivet de la Grange was a learned Benedictine.

Early History of the Rivelin family

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Rivelin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rivest, Rivet, Rive, Rives, Larivest, Larivet, Larive, Larives, Delarive, Delarivest, Delarivet, Riverain, Rivaud, Rivaut, Rivereau, Rivelin, Rivelon and many more.

Early Notables of the Rivelin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Rivelin family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maurice Rivet (direct ancestor of Cardinal Villeneuve) who settled in Quebec in Cont. Ameau with his wife Marie Cusson in 1671; Pierre Rivet who married in Montreal his wife Madeleine Sé.

  1. Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print. on Facebook