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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.

Rivers Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Rivers Spelling Variations


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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.

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Rivers Early History


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Rivers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rivers 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 Rivers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rivers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rivers 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 Rivers 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



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 settled in Virginia in 1653 with her husband
  • Joane Rivers, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Isabell Rivers, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • Christopher Rivers, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • Edmond Rivers, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • ... (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 settled in Virginia in 1726

Rivers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Rivers, aged 39, landed in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • John Rivers, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Juan Rivers, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Charles Rivers, who landed in New York in 1844
  • Herman Rivers, aged 23, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rivers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rivers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rivers (post 1700)



  • Ruben Rivers (1921-1944), American Staff Sergeant in the 761st Tank Battalion, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Joan Rivers (1933-2014), born Joan Alexandra Molinsky, American comedienne and talk show host
  • 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
  • Cheryl Rivers, American Democrat politician, Social worker; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1996, 2000; Member of Vermont State Senate, 2001
  • A. B. Rivers, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944
  • ... (Another 34 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Rivers


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Suggested Readings for the name Rivers



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

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Rivers Family Crest Products


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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

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  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Rivers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rivers 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.

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