The distinguished surname Rivera is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The name was originally derived from the Castilian word "rivera," which means "riverbank." Thus it is quite probable that the first families to take on Rivera as a surname lived near the banks of a river.
, the kingdom that led the Reconquest of the peninsula from the Muslims, in medieval times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rivera research.Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1520, 1833 and 1830 are included under the topic Early Rivera History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
of this family name include: Rivera, Ribera, Ribeira, Rivero, Ribero, Ribeiro and others.
Prominent among members of the family were Ruy Páez de Ribera, 15th century lyric poet; Suero de Ribera, a contemporary of Ruy and also a poet; Diego de Rivera, one of the noblemen asked by Princess (later Queen) Isabella to announce to her brother King Henry her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon; Diego Ribero, royal... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rivera Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.