Rivers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Rivers comes from when the family resided 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 Rivers was later introduced to England by early French settlers and was used to identify the individuals who lived by the river.

Early Origins of the Rivers family

The surname Rivers 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]

Early History of the Rivers family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rivers research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1110, 1573, 1442, 1483, 1603, 1641, 1640, 1579, 1651, 1614, 1695, 1660, 1657, 1656, 1679, 1665, 1734, 1615, 1601 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Rivers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rivers Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Rivers has been recorded under many different variations, including Rivers, Ryvers, River, Ryver and others.

Early Notables of the Rivers family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include 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 English politician, Member of Parliament for Lewes in 1660; Sir Thomas Rivers, 2nd Baronet...
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United States Rivers migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Rivers or a variant listed above:

Rivers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joan Rivers, who settled in Virginia in 1653 with her husband
  • Joane Rivers, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • Isabell Rivers, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • Christopher Rivers, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • Edmond Rivers, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rivers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Rivers, who settled in Virginia in 1726
Rivers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Rivers, aged 39, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • John Rivers, who landed in Texas in 1835 [2]
  • Juan Rivers, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [2]
  • Charles Rivers, who landed in New York in 1844 [2]
  • Herman Rivers, aged 23, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Rivers migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rivers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Rivers, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • William Rivers, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • James Rivers, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Rivers (post 1700) +

  • Joan Rivers (1933-2014), born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, American comedienne and talk show host
  • Ruben Rivers (1921-1944), American Staff Sergeant in the 761st Tank Battalion, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Samuel Rivers (b. 1923), American jazz musician
  • Philip Rivers (b. 1981), American NFL football player
  • Keith Rivers (b. 1986), American NFL football player
  • Johnny Rivers (b. 1942), born John Ramistella, American singer and songwriter, best known for his "Secret Agent Man"
  • Francine Rivers (b. 1947), American author, best known for her novel Redeeming Love
  • Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (b. 1961), American NBA basketball player and coach
  • Larry Rivers, American Artist
  • Daniel E. Rivers Jr., American politician, American Independent Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 2nd District, 1976; American Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1976 [3]
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Rivers +

  • 855 "The Revis Family of Madison County, North Carolina" by David H. Reece.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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