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The ancestors of the River surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in various locations in England. The origins of this surname can be traced back to France where the name was used to denote someone who was a native of La Riviere. The surname River was later introduced to England by early French settlers and was used to identify the individuals who lived by the river.

River Early Origins



The surname River was first found in Buckinghamshire at Worminghall, a parish, in the union of Thame, hundred of Ashendon. " It formerly had a market, granted to John de Rivers in 1304, with a fair on the festival of St. Peter and St. Paul." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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River Spelling Variations


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River Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname River include Rivers, Ryvers, River, Ryver and others.

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River Early History


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River Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our River research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1110, 1573, 1442, 1483, 1603, 1641, 1640, 1579, 1651, 1614, 1695, 1660, 1657, 1656, 1679, 1665 and 1734 are included under the topic Early River History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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River Early Notables (pre 1700)


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River Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Lord Ryvers; Anthony Woodville Rivers (1442-1483), English nobleman; James Rivers (1603-1641), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Lewes (1640) son of Sir John Rivers, 1st Baronet ( c. 1579-1651), attended Corpus Christi, Oxford aged 13;Nizel Rivers (1614-c. 1695), an...

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early River Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

River Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary River, who landed in Maryland in 1655
  • John River, who arrived in Maryland in 1660

River Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacques River, aged 24, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Johan William River, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753

River Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander River, aged 48, landed in North Carolina in 1812
  • V River, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • Bastian River, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name River (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name River (post 1700)



  • J. A. River, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Wyoming, 1884-85

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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The River Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The River 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 7 March 2016 at 16:22.

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